OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - At least one defense attorney wants to find out more about the suspension of a Fox Valley drug investigator, in the hopes it will help his client.
Winnebago County sheriff’s detective Greg Weitz is on an unpaid suspension for having “inappropriate contact” with a confidential informant while he was off-duty in July.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the action could affect dozens of pending drug cases in which Weitz and-or the informant were involved.
Waukesha attorney Anthony Cotton told the paper he’ll ask for more information about Weitz at a hearing this month for his client, Printiss Williams.
The suspension came to light in late September during a trial in which 27-year-old Lord Wilson was convicted of helping run a $4 million heroin and cocaine ring in the Oshkosh area. Williams was among 9 people charged with conspiracy in the case – and about two dozen others were accused of other roles.
According to the Journal Sentinel, Weitz was forced to reveal his suspension during his testimony. And all sides, including the judge, agreed in advance to the questions Weitz was asked on the witness stand.
Prosecutor Eric Sparr told the paper that no other information was given out to the jury. And he could not say anything else because the details are sealed.
The drug ring was busted 15 months ago.
Sparr said Weitz was not directly involved in that case – but he expects the investigator will come up in some of the matters. Cotton says it’s relevant because his client’s case is based solely on informant testimony.