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Sun Prairie business in middle of year-long heroin probe

SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) – Federal and state records show a Sun Prairie auto business is in the middle of a year-long heroin investigation that’s produced two arrests so far.

Cortez Jackson and Van Williamson are each charged in federal court with one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.

Dane County court search warrant affidavits show members of the county’s narcotics task force launched the investigation after a suspected drug dispute led to a shooting in a neighborhood in the 3000 block of Portage Road in June 2018.  Authorities say two homes and Sandburg Elementary School were hit by bullets in the shooting.

Court records show the owner of Pearl of Envy Auto Detailing lived near the shooting scene.  Records show officers discovered evidence tied to the shooting at his East Linnerud Drive business.  “(Officers) Found a black-colored Infiniti sedan at that location, with numerous defects…glass that had been shattered…consistent with damage from small arms fire,”  a search warrant affidavit states.

Records state over a number of months, police informants and undercover police made heroin purchases from Jackson, Williamson and others, with some of the transactions on the property of the auto business.

“On March 14, 2019, the UC (undercover officer)…received a call,”  the federal complaint against Jackson and Williamson states.  “The UC was then directed to…E Linnerud Drive in Sun Prairie to complete the heroin transaction.”

The business owner’s father, Julius Weaver, tells 27 News the drug dealing did not involve his son or the auto business.

“It’s legitimate business all the way,”  Weaver says.  “It’s been that way for years.”

But court records list suspected heroin, MDMA, marijuana and firearms as some of the items seized June 6 from properties associated with Pearl of Envy Auto Detailing.

Weaver says he was handcuffed by task force members during the police raid.  But Weaver was back working Tuesday at an affiliated auto repair business.

Weaver says his son’s landlord is now forcing him out of his business space.

“It’s going to be hard,”  Weaver says.  “He’s got plenty of people that’s loyal to him, but right now he don’t have a place to even do his business.”

The Facebook page of Pearl of Envy Auto Detailing lists several testimonials from customers to what they maintain is the outstanding work of the business’s owner and employees.  After the raid, Weaver says his son was jailed for several days, and Weaver had to return keys to the owners of the many customer vehicles at the business.

Court records show several other people with some nexus to the Sun Prairie business as allegedly selling heroin to informants and undercover officers, but those people are not listed as being in the Dane County jail at this time.

“Task Force leaders have indicated this is an open and active investigation,” Madison Police Spokesperson Joel DeSpain says.


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Tony Galli

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