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Fifteenth defendant sentenced in tribal drug investigation in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI — Stephen P. Sinnott, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Steven R. Lang, 30, Webster, Wis., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Madison by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb for his role in distributing methamphetamine on St. Croix tribal lands from approximately 2005 to 2008. Chief Judge Crabb sentenced Lang to four years in prison without parole.

With today’s sentencing, 15 defendants have now been sentenced as a result of this investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands.

The previous defendants sentenced are set forth below:

Joseph Merrill Distribution of Crack Cocaine 4 years
Manley L. Williams Distribution of Crack Cocaine 8 years, 4 months
Christifer Sonnenberg Distribution of Crack Cocaine 5 years, 6 months
Jean Sonnenberg Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 19 years, 7 months
Bruce Sonnenberg Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 24 years, 4 months
Amanda Sonnenberg Distribution of Crack Cocaine 3 years, 10 months
George Rainey Distribution of Crack Cocaine 14 years
Bruce Rainey Distribution of Crack Cocaine 17 years, 6 months
Diana Martin Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 9 years
Margrette Cobb Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 13 years, 4 months
Andrew Sonnenberg Distribution of Crack Cocaine 17 years, 6 months
Ericka J. Reynolds Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine 1 year, 6 months
Shaleah Reynolds Distribution of Crack Cocaine 2 years
Michael D. Hammond Distribution of Crack Cocaine 12 years, 7 months

United States Attorney Sinnott stated that today’s sentencing was the result of a long-term investigation being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Federal Bureau of Investigation; St. Croix Tribal Police Department; Rice Lake Police Department; Barron County Sheriff’s Department; Burnett County Sheriff’s Department; Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department; Polk County Sheriff’s Department; the Native American Drug & Gang Initiative; and Wisconsin State Patrol.

As set out above, 15 defendants have now been convicted of federal drug offenses as a result of this investigation.

Four additional defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing; six additional defendants were indicted on December 2, 2009, and are awaiting trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil is handling the prosecution of these cases.

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