Tips to Pleasant Prairie Police lead to drug arrest and charges

The Kenosha County District Attorney’s office released the following statement regarding a drug arrest and charging of a suspect:

Tips to the Pleasant Prairie Police Department of suspicious activity in the Foxmoor neighborhood resulted in the arrest Thursday of Paul J. Covelli, Jr., 33, 3332 – 109th Street, on a warrant charging him with six felony drug possession counts (heroin, oxycodone, oxymorphone, marijuana, cocaine, and amphetamine) as a repeat drug offender and two misdemeanor counts for possession of diazepam and under 300 mg of hydrocodone.

According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday, police, with assistance from the Kenosha Drug Operations Group, executed a search warrant at the Covelli home on March 23, 2012, and found the assortment of illegal drugs and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Assistant District Attorney Richard Ginkowski said that filing the charges was delayed because of ongoing drug investigations. “Citizens who report suspicious activity should understand two very important things – their reports are appreciated, and the complex nature of many confidential drug investigations often requires that arrests be delayed,” Ginkowski added. “Here the citizens who tipped off the Pleasant Prairie Police did the right thing and were commendably patient.”

A small quantity of suspected heroin and more drug paraphernalia was found in the home when Covelli was arrested by Pleasant Prairie officers yesterday which, according to Ginkowski, led to the issuance of a second criminal complaint charging Covelli with another count of possession of heroin as a repeat drug offender. Covelli ‘s bond was set at $12,500 at a court hearing this afternoon. A preliminary hearing was set for January 31st.  Under Wisconsin law, defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in court.

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