15 charged in federal court with heroin trafficking, possession of firearms

MILWAUKEE -- Federal, state and local law enforcement officers targeted on Tuesday, July 16 a violent drug trafficking conspiracy led by 43-year-old Jimmy Bates of Milwaukee. That operation charged Bates and 14 other defendants with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine. Several of the defendants were also charged with unlawful possession of firearms by a felon and conspiracy to commit robberies of others who possessed drugs.

The defendants charged in the indictment are:

    Jason Ashley, Jimmy Bates, Tavaris Cain, Jebar Cannon, Dontelle Carr, Shinae Castine, Dujuan Harrison, Montel Ivory, Paul Parker, Marville Payne, Marlon Pickens, Wayne Potts Jr. Devon Wooten

    According to authorities, law enforcement officers executed arrest warrants and search warrants at multiple locations in Milwaukee on Tuesday. The operations and charges are the culmination of a multi-year investigation. The operation resulted in the seizure of significant amounts of heroin and cocaine -- and at least 24 firearms.

    Weapon confiscated during law enforcement operation on Tuesday, July 16

    Weapons confiscated during law enforcement operation on Tuesday, July 16

    If convicted of the conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, the defendants each face at least ten years in federal prison -- and up to life. Convictions on the firearms and conspiracy counts would get them more time behind bars.

    Weapons confiscated during law enforcement operation on Tuesday, July 16

    This investigation was led by law enforcement officers from the following:

      Multiple additional law enforcement agencies took part in Tuesday's operation including the ATF, FBI, Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, West Allis Police Department, Wauwatosa Police Department and Greenfield Police Department.