GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay police say an almost year-long investigation has led to the arrests of nine people, including the alleged ringleader of a street gang.
The Green Bay Police Department issued a release saying that they investigated the Bay City Latin Kings, the gang's alleged narcotics distribution and 26-year-old Michael Doxtator who is believed to be their leader.
“The defendant was identified as the top-ranking leader of the Bay City Kings – the local chapter of the Latin Kings gang,” Brown County Assistant District Attorney Carly Miller said during a probable cause hearing last Thursday, according to FOX 11.
Doxtator, 23-year-old Stephen Imbordino and 22-year-old Brian Gauthier all appeared in court. None of them were charged, but the court commissioner found enough probable cause that all three men committed various drug crimes.
“This is an incredibly organized gang and part of the drug trafficking goes towards funding gang activity, which does include firearm trafficking, stolen firearm trafficking, in the area of Green Bay, Wisconsin,” Miller said, per FOX 11.
According to police, Doxtator would drive to southeastern Wisconsin to purchase drugs for distribution in Green Bay and the Potawatomi Reservation area.
FOX 11 reports that drug task force records show 5 controlled-buy operations involved Doxtator and Oxycodone.
Last Tuesday, Green Bay police took Doxtator and Imbordino into custody during a traffic stop. Court records show police uncovered a pill bottle with over 80 oxycodone pills.
A search warrant of Imbordino’s home led to Gauthier’s arrest for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Doxtator and Imbordino remain behind bars in Brown County. Gauthier is now out on bond. All 3 are due back in court Friday.
Police say 6 other people are facing various referred misdemeanors and felony charges, and more arrests are expected in the coming days.
(Additional reporting from FOX 11)