SAWYER COUNTY — Two men have been arrested following a pursuit relating to an investigation of heroin trafficking in Sawyer County, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On September 3, 2019, an investigation into heroin trafficking into Sawyer County by two Milwaukee men began through multiple sources of information. Investigators learned the two men were utilizing rental vehicles when traveling.

On April 3, 2020, at approximately 10:59 am, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, US Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle as it traveled north on State Hwy 27 near the Rusk/Sawyer County line. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit started north bound on State Hwy 27. During the pursuit, assisting officers deployed tire deflation devices deflating two of the suspect vehicle tires. The vehicle came to a stop on Highway 27 near the intersection of Townline Road. Both suspects were taken into custody without further incident.

Devlin G. Cotton, age 35 of Milwaukee was arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin 5-10 grams, Flee/Elude an Officer, Recklessly Endangering Safety, Possession of Cocaine 2nd and Subsequent Offense and Possession of THC 2nd and Subsequent Offense.

Brian K. Cotton, age 52 of Milwaukee was arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin 5-10 grams, Possession of Cocaine 2nd and subsequent offense, Possession of THC 2nd and Subsequent Offense.

Both men are being held in the Sawyer County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Per Sheriff Doug Mrotek


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