Cocaine-infused rollerblades seized in Kenosha drug bust

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Updated: 8;13 p.m. on March 5, 2024

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Charges have yet to be filed in a drug case the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office said feels straight out of a movie. A search warrant uncovered over 1,000 grams of cocaine, mailed from Bogota, Colombia, and hidden in rollerblades.

Neighbors in Kenosha watched as over a dozen, mostly unmarked squad cars pulled up, and cops with guns in hand ordered the tenants in the upper unit of an apartment on the 6600 block of 26th Avenue to get out. One neighbor got it all on camera.

"This is the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. We have a search warrant," said officers on the ground as they looked up at a second-floor unit.

This police response on 26th Avenue, just off Highway 50 in Kenosha, Friday rattled neighbors' nerves.

"Very nervous and very on edge, and head on a swivel at all times," said Ryan Scott, neighbor who witnessed the drug raid.

The investigation originated from the feds. As a pair of rollerblades made their way in a package from Bogota, Colombia, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Homeland Security intercepted it, finding the wheels infused with cocaine. A neighbor's surveillance camera captured the moment the FedEx shipment showed up, and later, spotted when officers got on-scene.

"Well at first I heard the chirps from the police cars and at first I thought it was a traffic stop, and then I hear on the megaphone, 'this is Kenosha County Sheriff's Office,'" said Scott.

Ryan Scott was home alone in the apartment below the one being raided.

"I don't want to be in there," you could hear Scott say on camera as he quickly walked across the street from his home.

This is him fleeing for fear of what might happen.

"I made the split decision to leave the property in case there was a potential shootout, or you know, I don't want to catch the bullet through the floor," said Scott.

A police dog searched two cars out front. They were later towed away. In all, police say they recovered cocaine with a street value of $35,000, along with fake Social Security and resident ID cards. A woman and a man were taken into custody from the apartment. Two children were then escorted out. The boy wasn't even wearing shoes.

"It's not normal to have to worry about possible drug cartels coming here to take people out. We want to leave. We don't feel safe here anymore, and any means to be able to do that, that's our goal," said Scott.

But it's not going to be easy. Scott says he and his family are struggling financially, and right now have no way to pay moving expenses. They've started a GoFundMe to aid their efforts. 

And while Ryan Scott's hoping to move his family out of here fast, we spoke with the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office Tuesday. They say four days after the drug raid on 26th Avenue, there are still no charges in the case.

Published: 2:47 p.m. on March 2, 2024

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department's Kenosha Drug Operations Group (KDOG) conducted a search warrant and recovered cocaine, forged documents, and more. The search happened on Friday, March 1.

KDOG was contacted by the Homeland Security Investigations in reference to an intercepted package on its way to Kenosha from Colombia. 

The package contained rollerblades. The wheels were identified as suspicious. The package was intercepted, and tests were conducted on the wheels. It was discovered the wheels were infused with a gelatin like substance that tested positive for the presence of cocaine. 

KDOG initiated an investigation at a Kenosha residence near 26th and Roosevelt. 

A warrant was approved and was valid pending the delivery of the package to the residence, according to authorities. The search warrant was conducted after the package was accepted by the residents.

A search ensued. The following items were recovered:

  • 1048 grams of cocaine (1 Kilogram and 48 grams) Approximate street value of $35,000, if sold by the kilogram.
  • $3475 in USC
  • • Money transfer documents from Kenosha to Bogota totaling over $30,000.
  • • Numerous forged documents including false permanent resident alien cards, social security cards, and Columbian identification cards.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing with potential charges being sought on the individuals involved. 

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