PD: 3-month cocaine investigation nets 2 arrests, guns seized

PD: 3-month cocaine investigation nets 2 arrests, guns seized

A three-month-long drug investigation ended with two arrests Thursday in Madison, police said.

The Madison Police Department said the Dane County Narcotics Task Force took Horatio T. Gardner, 31, of Fitchburg, into custody during a traffic stop on Greenway at Todd Drive at 8:58 a.m. Gardner is the primary suspect in a cocaine dealing investigation.

The drug investigation began last November, according to the report.

A short time after Gardener was arrested, law enforcement officers entered his apartment in the 2500 block of Post Road. The search of the property and car netted the arrest of a second suspect, 43-year-old Leonard J. Henderson, of Madison, and seizure of weapons, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and cash, according to the report.

Police said one of the guns seized had been stolen about a year ago from a car that was parked outside West Towne Mall.

Gardner was arrested on suspicion of four counts of delivery of cocaine base, being a felon in possession of firearm, possession with intent to deliver THC and maintaining a drug dwelling.

Henderson was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and party to the crime of delivery of cocaine base.

Officers from Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and Middleton police departments assisted with the operation, Madison police said. A Dane County sheriff’s deputy and his dog also played an important role in the investigation.