Police: Thousands of dollars worth of heroin hidden at bar

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by Tiffany Tarpley

MILWAUKEE—A federal investigation led to a big heroin bust at a bar on the city’s north side. 

The finding became a huge issue when a tavern license renewal application was submitted by the owner before a common council committee, Wednesday. 

According to testimony from Milwaukee Police, 149.38 grams of Heroin was discovered last year, hidden above the heating ductwork in the basement of Larry’s Fiesta near 52nd and Hampton.  The drugs had a street value between $30,000 and $45,000.

However, the owner claimed to have nothing to do with day-to-day operations of the establishment.  Milwaukee Alderman Willie Wade, 7th District,  said two others managed the place and it appeared the three of them knew nothing about the heroin.  “The guy that they caught with the heroin was someone that they trusted that deceived them,” said Wade.  “He hid some drugs on the premises thanks to the federal government they got the guy and the drugs.”

Alderman Joseph Dudzik, 11th District, is on the licensing committee and believes the owner should be held accountable and the tavern license should be revoked. He believes what happened in the bar affects everyone.

“I don’t care what part of the city it’s in,” he said.  “The heroin surely didn’t stay within 10 blocks of that place it made it out to my district, it made it out to the suburbs I’m sure.”

The majority of aldermen on the committee recommended the owner’s tavern license be suspended for 60 days.  The final decision is now up to the full common council.  CBS 58 reached out to the owner’s attorney for comment but so far we have not heard back.

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