Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Drug Dealing At South Side St. Vincent de Paul Society Shuts Down Meal Ministry Program Temporarily

Police arrest two suspects for drug dealing at meal needy program. South side Meal Ministry site closed temporarily and will reopen on February 6.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 12, 2011

Milwaukee - On Friday, Milwaukee undercover officers arrested a man and a 40-year-old woman during the St. Vincent de Paul Society Meal Ministry food give away to needy people and families. Police received a tip that drug sales were taking place during the meal program by suspected workers.
Several undercover police officers were assigned to investigate the alleged drug transactions. One of the officers on Friday saw a drug transaction between a man and a woman who passed drugs between them. Police did not say what kind of drugs were being sold. Drug charges are pending against both suspects, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
On Tuesday, police confirmed the two arrests and St. Vincent de Paul officials are cooperating with police in the case. The meal program temporarily closed and will reopen on February 6, according to the Meal Ministry providers. More than 375 meals are served a day at the South side location on Madison St. and the meal program serves 140,000 free meals annually.
A sign was posted at the Madison site doors with the following information where meals to needy people are also served at alternative sites in the following Milwaukee locations, at St. Vincent de Paul north side meal site, 2610 N. Martin Luther King Drive, (5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., Monday through Friday); The Gathering St. James site at 833 W. Wisconsin Ave. (8:30-9:30 a.m., Monday-Friday); The Gathering South Side site at 724 W. Layton Blvd. (4:30-5:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday); Ebenezer Lutheran Church at 1127 S. 35th St. (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday); Gesu Church at 1210 W. Michigan St. (first, second and third Saturdays from 5:40-6:30 p.m.); Milwaukee Rescue Mission at 1820 W. Wells St. (6:45 a.m., Monday; 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Sunday) and St. Ben’s at 1015 N. Ninth St. (5:15- 6:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday).

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