Wisconsin police chief’s son arrested in drug probe

Madison, Wisconsin (AP) October 2011

Federal prosecutors have charged the Menominee tribal police chief’s son with dealing cocaine as part of a drug probe on the tribe’s reservation.

Officers and agents from more than a half-dozen federal, state and local agencies arrested 31-year-old Mark Waukau Jr. along with five others on the reservation.

Waukau’s father, Mark Waukau, is the chief of the Menominee tribal police. He didn’t immediately return a message left at his office. But he was quoted in an FBI news release as saying the arrests “will send a clear message to the tribal community of our commitment to address the drug problem on the Menominee reservation.”

According to court documents, Waukau sold cocaine at least 10 times to someone who eventually became a police informant. In June, he sold the informant cocaine at least twice in buys investigators set up at Waukau’s trailer home, court documents say.

Online court records show at least two of the others also have been charged with dealing cocaine. Those cases revolved around selling the drug to informants as well.

FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said all six were loosely associated. They all may not have known each other, he said.

Investigators are searching for a seventh person they say is connected to the group. He remains at large.