SHEBOYGAN COUNTY - Three men have been arrested as part of a months-long cocaine investigation, the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit says.
Investigators say they arrested the men after arranging to buy about a pound of cocaine at a location in Sheboygan County on Thursday. A 25-year-old Sheboygan man, as well as two other Sheboygan men who came with him, ages 31 and 23, were arrested. Officers then searched three homes and a restaurant where one of the men worked in Sheboygan County. Investigators say cocaine was delivered outside the restaurant several times. Officers took more than three pounds of cocaine, a pound and a half of marijuana, two vehicles and more than $2,000 in cash.
The case began last December, when investigators say they identified a group involved in a cocaine trafficking operation in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. During the investigation, cocaine was sold to undercover officers six times in the Manitowoc County community of Cleveland and in Sheboygan County. Over the course of the investigation, officers took around four pounds of cocaine, worth about $65,000 on the street.
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The men are identified as Julian Perez Jr., Alfredo Hernandez-Benitez and Joe Alvarez-Gonzales. Each is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. No charges have been filed yet. All three are scheduled to make their initial appearances in court on Monday.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and Sheboygan Metropolitan Enforcement Group helped in the investigation.
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