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Man accused of supplying drugs bound over for trial

Posted: 4:51 PM, Jul 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-21 21:51:25Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of supplying heroin and cocaine to 20 drug dealers in the Milwaukee area has been bound over for trial.

Judge Frederick Rosa at a Tuesday hearing found “more than adequate evidence” in Chauncey Griffin’s case of probable cause that a felony was committed in Milwaukee County. The 35-year-old faces 18 felony charges that include illegal gun possession.

Prosecutors said Griffin had nearly $1 million in cash and at least 37 guns before his arrest last month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“He was a large-scale, kilo source of heroin and cocaine,” West Allis Detective Nick Stachula said.

Griffin’s movements and phone calls were tracked by federal, state and local investigators with the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force from May 14 to June 6, Stachula said. The team monitored calls and watched Griffin for 12 to 14 hours a day, he said.

One call involves a conversation between Griffin and John Edwards, who had said he made about $50,000 selling marijuana, Stachula said. Griffin is heard laughing and telling Edwards that he was making between $200,000 and $500,000 selling heroin and cocaine, Stachula said.

Edwards, 38, faces charges of conspiracy to manufacture or deliver cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and has pleaded not guilty.

Griffin was being detained on $250,000 bail in Milwaukee County Jail as of Tuesday.