Who would have guessed Merrill and Wausau WI would be such hubs for Meth?

19 plead guilty in large Minnesota-Wisconsin meth ring

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS |

March 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

MADISON, Wis. — Nineteen people have pleaded guilty in a drug ring that authorities say trafficked 127 pounds of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to central Wisconsin communities over a three-year span.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil in Wisconsin says 14 of the suspects have been sentenced, and the remaining five will be sentenced this spring.

Authorities say the conspiracy operated from June 2013 to May 2016. The meth that was trafficked had a total estimated street value of $5.7 million.

The drug was distributed by an organized network of dealers who intended to flood communities in the area with inexpensive and pure meth in an effort to create more addicts, the Department of Justice said in press release. Demand for the drug “exploded” in late 2015 and early 2016, according to the DOJ.

 

The defendants in the case are:

Andy Nelson, 32, Merrill, sentenced December 7, 2016 to 4.5 years
Karen Zais, 49, Merrill, sentenced November 29, 2016 to 6 years
Anthony Rogers, 24, Athens, sentenced March 7, 2017 to 13.5 years
Joe Kujawa, 37, Oakdale, Minn., sentenced March 3, 2017 to 18 years
Kyle Quintana, 24, Wausau, sentenced March 6, 2017 to 13 years
Jacob Loose, 25, Wausau, sentenced January 9, 2017 to 15 years
Pat Keenan, 30, Wausau, sentenced March 8, 2017 to 15 years
Jamie Pankow, 33, Wausau, sentenced February 10, 2017 to 7 years
Paul Rasmussen, 35, Osseo, sentenced January 10, 2017 to 15 years
Chris Schmeltzer, 46, Merrill, sentenced February 9, 2017 to 6 years
David Brandenburg, 26, sentenced February 24, 2017 to 9 years
Matt Drake, 26, Merrill, sentenced February 8, 2017 to 12 years
Ryan Thomas, 24, Wausau, sentenced February 9, 2017 to 12.5 years
Jonas Ellwart, 24, Wausau, scheduled to be sentenced April 12
Danny Graap, 50, Merrill, scheduled to be sentenced April 24
Josh Graap, 32, Merrill, scheduled to be sentenced April 12
Christina Abbott, 34, Merrill, scheduled to be sentenced May 10
David Vance-Bryan, 30, St. Paul, Minn., sentenced February 16, 2017 to 11.5 years
Mike Kjonaas, 41, St. Paul, scheduled to be sentenced April 27

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