UPDATE: Chicago Man Pleads Not Guilty in Marathon Co. Drug Bust

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UPDATE: Wed 12:54 PM, May 14, 2014

A 30-year-old Chicago man has pleaded not guilty in Marathon County Circuit Court to possessing heroin and cocaine.

Police say Tyvon Harris was stopped for a traffic stop on I-39 at Locker Road on May 3. According to court documents, the stop Sunday netted 17 grams of heroin and more than three grams of cocaine.

According to a search warrant affidavit, investigators believe Harris would pick up the drugs in Chicago and distribute them in Wausau.

Harris remains behind bars on a $10,000 cash bond.

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UPDATE: Fri 4:13 PM, May 9, 2014

Two people are behind bars after two heroin busts just days apart --- one of those busts was just yards from an elementary school in Wausau.

Kelly Ferguson, 48, appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Friday. She's charged with two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, and four additional drug counts.

The state requested bond be set at a high amount due to the seriousness of the charges, and the close proximity to the school. The prosecution also cited previous similar offenses in Illinois.

Ferguson was one of four people arrested Friday morning after officers from the Wausau Police Department and SWAT Team executed a search warrant at a home on the 1300 block of N. 5th Street. The location is just a block from Franklin Elementary.

The principal sent an email alert to parents notifiying them that students were safe, and the school was aware police action would be taking place nearby.

Ferguson's arrest is the result of a tip from informants. One is cited in court documents as saying he or she was able to purchase heroin 200 times during the last year and half. After receiving the tip, officers say they conducted two controlled buys from Ferguson. In one case she's accused of selling just more than one gram of heroin for $250, and the second 1.13 grams of heroin for another $250.

Investigators also learned Ferguson would travel to Chicago and bring heroin to Wausau or would be supplied heroin by another man. That man, identified in a search warrant affidavit as Tyvon Harris, 30, was arrested May 4th on I-39 in Mosinee. At the time of his arrest, police say he had 17 grams of heroin and more than three grams of cocaine.

Court documents also stated Harris would pick up approximately 50 grams heroin in Chicago twice a month. He would then distribute the heroin to Ferguson and other people.

Harris and Ferguson remain behind bars on $10,000 bonds. They'll both return to court later this month.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 3:32 PM, May 9, 2014

Lieutenant Matt Barnes from the Wausau Police Department said four people were arrested and one person is facing heroin charges after a drug bust Thursday morning near Franklin Elementary School.

Lt. Barnes said a SWAT Team responded during bust as a safety precaution.

The Principal of Franklin Elementary said in an email release to parents, the school was notified police action would be taking place Thursday morning in the 1300 block of North Fifth Street. The school is two blocks north of location police responded.

Principal Jon Euting says all steps were taken to ensure the safety and security of the students and staff based upon the information provided by the Wausau Police Department.

Lt. Barnes said two of the individuals arrested Thursday were taken into custody on probation violations. A third is facing misdemeanor drug charges.

In Wisconsin, the penalties for selling drugs near a school or park carries a stiffer penalty.

The suspect is expected to appear in Marathon County Circuit Court Friday.


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