Death Penalty Could Be Issued In Drug Conspiracy Case

By McCarton Ackerman 04/18/14

Three suspects, including the alleged head of an entrenched drug dealing operation, face numerous criminal charges, including homicide.

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Federal officials have indicted 27 people in Wisconsin for a multi-year drug ring, and three of those currently in custody could face the death penalty for their crimes.

Eighteen suspects were arrested on Wednesday, with another three already in custody and six others still at large, for a drug conspiracy case that took place in southeastern Wisconsin. Homicide, money laundering, and selling drugs that included crack cocaine, heroin, and more than 650 pounds of powder cocaine are among the charges against those who were indicted.

Kevin R. Arms, 40, the alleged head of the operation, is one of the three men who could receive the death penalty because of federal homicide charges. His 21-year-old son, Kevin C. Arms, is accused of money laundering after buying houses and boats, among other luxury items, with money made from selling drugs. Several other family members are also facing similar charges.

"The criminal conduct of the 27 people charged by the grand jury has now come to an end, a decisive end," said U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle. "The neighborhoods that have long been victimized by the destructive trafficking in illegal drugs, their use of firearms, their use of dirty money to purchase assets can now begin working toward a restoration they want and deserve." Arms and two other defendants from Atlanta are the only ones of those indicted who are not from Milwaukee.

Investigators have been looking into Arms since 2011 after first discovering his operation. He had reportedly been funneling the drug money into two companies he had created, True Boss Entertainment and Arms Investments. The luxury items he and his family allegedly purchased with the illegal funds have been seized and federal officials also seized a money judgement for $3 million.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.