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Mexican Drug Cartel Linked To Oconto County Murder

Issue Date: June 10, 2021

A Green Bay man alleged to be connected with a Mexican drug cartel has has been charged by Oconto County authorities with First Degree Intentional Homicide in connection with the shooting death of a 35-year-old Green Bay man earlier this year. Authorities so far are identifying the victim only by the initials "MGP."

The partially snow-covered body of MGP was found on Monday, Feb. 22 in a parking area of the remote Green Bay Shores State Wildlife Area on Lade Beach Road in the Oconto County Town of Little Suamico.

The man charged, Manuel Antonio Herrera-Hernandez, 32, has reportedly admitted to shooting MGP over an unpaid drug debt. Herrera-Hernandez was already being held in Brown County jail on $150,000 cash bond on charges connected with a massive drug conspiracy in Green Bay and surrounding areas involving meth, fentanyl, cocaine and heroin.

Herrera-Hernandez has told investigators he is connected with the "New Generation Drug Cartel" out of Mexico.

WBAY-TV-Green Bay reported that a court records search yielded information that Hernandez had been "physically removed to Mexico... in February of 2013, following convictions in Virginia in 2010 for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and a firearm violation.

However, Hernandez did not stay gone. In 2018, in federal court in Wisconsin, he was charged for illegal re-entry after an aggravated felony. In a letter to the judge at that time, he wrote, "poor choices led to his arrest and conviction of a serious drug crime... [and he learned] a lesson that kept him away from drugs or guns since that time." He was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.

Since then, Hernandez has been charged in an OWI hit-and-run and other drug cases in Brown, Oconto and Waupaca counties. He was out on a $25,000 bond for a drug case in Oconto at the time of the arrest that led to his current stay in Brown County Jail and apparently to the confession that he was responsible for the shooting death of MGP, whose partially snow-covered body was found on Monday, Feb. 22 a parking area of the remote Green Bay Shores State Wildlife Area on Lade Beach Road in the Oconto County Town of Little Suamico.

Herrera-Hernandez was already being held by Brown County authorities on $150,000 cash bond on charges connected with a massive drug conspiracy involving meth, fentanyl, cocaine and heroin in Green Bay and surrounding areas.

In addition to the new First Degree murder charge, Herrera-Hernandez is charged with 15 counts related to possession of drugs with the street value of $115,000 and conspiracy to deliver drugs.

Herrera-Hernandez reportedly told investigators that drugs had been sent to him from the "New Generation Drug Cartel" out of Mexico. Drugs seized during searches in the case included 1,812 grams of meth (4 pounds), 24 grams of heroin (almost one ounce), 58 grams of fentanyl (2 ounces), and 16.3 grams cocaine (over half an ounce).

Herrera-Hernandez also reportedly admitted to police that he was the one who shot and killed a man in Oconto County earlier this year.

According to a news release issued on Monday, June 7 by Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban, at approximately 6:26 a.m. on Monday February 22 the Oconto County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call regarding discovery of the partially snow-covered body.

Oconto County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to the scene along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). Oconto County Sheriff's Office personnel arrived on-scene and confirmed there was a deceased male located in the parking area. Law enforcement believed the male had been there for some time due to being partially covered in snow, and determined the death to be suspicious in nature.

Oconto County Sheriff's Office personnel processed the scene with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice State Crime Laboratory, Brown County Medical Examiner's Office, and Dane County Medical Examiner's Office.

While processing the scene, several fired 9mm ammunition cartridge cases were located near the deceased male. Medical Examiner personnel advised that the deceased male had injuries consistent with gunshot entry and exit wounds. Law Enforcement teams did not locate a weapon at the scene and began investigating the death as a homicide.

The deceased male did not have any form of identification on his person and his identity was unknown. A cellular phone was located in the deceased male's pants pocket. A search warrant was obtained and a search of the phone was conducted. With assistance from Green Bay Police Department, the male was identified as 35 year old MGP. Law Enforcement was able to determine this was an isolated incident and the public was not in danger, according to Skarban's report.

The report went on, "Throughout the course of the investigation, it was determined that on Sunday February 21, 2021, MGP left a residence located in the 1100 block of Walnut Street in the City of Green Bay. Witnesses indicated MGP left voluntarily with an unknown individual. Witnesses indicated after leaving the residence MGP did not return and no one had any other contact with him. Law Enforcement teams conducted numerous interviews, executed numerous search warrants, and continued with the follow up investigation."

On Monday May 17, Herrera-Hernandez and the 30 year old female identified as MV, both residing in the Green Bay area, had been arrested following a traffic stop in the City of Green Bay and faced "numerous drug related charges."

During the initial interview MV told investigators that Herrera-Hernandez admitted to her that he had shot and killed MGP, the report states. It goes on to say that on Tuesday May 18 investigators conducted another interview with MV, in which she admitted to being in the vehicle when Herrera-Hernandez shot and killed MGP.

"The female stated she and Herrera-Hernandez had picked up MGP from a residence on Walnut Street in Green Bay. MV stated Herrera-Hernandez drove to a secluded area and shot and killed MGP then drove away," the report states.

On Wednesday May 19 investigators conducted an interview with Herrera-Hernandez, in which he admitted to shooting and killing MGP. The news release says Herrera-Hernandez told investigators he and MV picked up MGP from a residence on Walnut Street in Green Bay, after which he drove MGP to a remote location in the Town of Little Suamico. "Herrera-Hernandez admitted to having the firearm with him and stated MGP owed a drug debt. Herrera-Hernandez admitted to shooting MGP several times. Herrera-Hernandez stated after shooting MGP they drove away and left the area. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement also learned that MGP was involved in the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics in the Green Bay area," the report goes on.

Skarban stated the Oconto County Sheriff's Office appreciates the exhaustive effort and teamwork put forth by the following agencies who assisted with this investigation: The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin Department of Justice State Crime Lab, Green Bay Police Department, Brown County Sheriff's Office, Brown County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, Shawano County Sheriff's Office, Shawano Police Department, Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, Clintonville Police Department, Oconto County District Attorney's Office, Brown County Medical Examiner's Office, and the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office, and added, "It is our intent to protect the wellbeing and safety of the public by being an efficient and effective Law Enforcement team."

Charges of First Degree Intentional Homicide against Herrera-Hernandez were recommended to the Oconto County District Attorney's Office and were filed by them on Monday, June 7.

Skarban stated no other information regarding the incident will be released at this time as this is still an active investigation.


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