The Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group is a collection of investigators from local law enforcement agencies within Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac, and Calumet Counties, dedicated to helping maintain a drug free environment in which our citizens can thrive.
Who We Are and What We Do
The Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group - Drug Unit (LWAM) consists of 15 narcotics investigators employed by the State of Wisconsin and local Sheriff’s Offices/Police Departments within Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Calumet counties. The mission statement of this unit is the enforcement of Chapter 961 laws within the four counties, combating the illegal manufacture, distribution, sale and use of controlled substances. Emphasis in the four counties that make up the LWAM is placed on investigations concerned with drug traffickers and drug trafficking organizations that import drugs into the area or produce them here.
The LWAM is controlled via a Board of Directors that consists of a representative from each of the participating agencies. Each participating member of the board has voting authority concerning any decisions affecting the unit. The City of Oshkosh Chief of Police Dean Smith is the Executive Director of the Board.
The LWAM is funded through a combination of federal grants (administered through the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance), asset forfeiture, restitution and county contributions.
A Special Agent in Charge from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation was appointed as Project Director of the LWAM on October 1, 2002. Currently, Special Agent in Charge Jeremiah Winscher oversees the daily operations of the unit and personnel assigned therein. Additionally, there are two Unit Coordinators (second in command of the unit) assigned to the LWAM.
The LWAM is dedicated to achieving a drug free environment in which our citizens can thrive. If you have any information about drug activity in the four LWAM counties, do not hesitate to contact the drug unit. Callers can remain anonymous.