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11 Defendants Charged in Federal Court with Drug Distribution In Manitowoc, Calumet, Sheboygan, and Milwaukee Counties

 

- Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and James L. Santelle, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on September 25, 2012, a 27-count indictment was returned in federal court charging 11 defendants with various drug-trafficking and firearms offenses. The indicted defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and related firearms offenses.

According to the indictment, four defendants, Haley A. Wagner, 30, of Francis Creek, Elizabeth A. Wagner, 26, of Francis Creek, Antonio E. Crayton, 31, of Manitowoc, and Joshua R. Resch, 27, of New Holstein, are charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute 100 kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), and 846. If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum of five years’ imprisonment with a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, and between four years and life on supervised release.

In the same indictment, defendants Haley A. Wagner, 30, of Francis Creek, Jason L. Wiehr, 30, of Plymouth, Joshua R. Resch, 27, of New Holstein, Roger D. Burt, 32, of Manitowoc, Daniel J. Woelfel, 36, of Keil, Jason D. Gunderson, 31, of Plymouth, Adoni P. Toniolo, 20, of Plymouth, and Preston P. Stephens, 28, of Reedsville are charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D). If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and between two years and life on supervised release. Jason L. Wiehr has also been charged with distribution of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. If convicted, Wiehr faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and between two years and life on supervised release.

The indictment also charges Jason L. Wiehr and Leah R. Truettner, 23, of Sheboygan with using a telephone to commit a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 843(b). If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum of four years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years on supervised release.

Antonio E. Crayton and Adoni P. Toniolo have been charged with possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(I). If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum of five years’ imprisonment with a maximum of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to five years on supervised release.

The last count in the indictment charges Adoni Toniolo with unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(3). If convicted, Toniolo faces a maximum of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years on supervised release.

Individual counts in the indictment are listed in the table below.

Name Age and Residency Count(s)

Haley A. Wagner, 30, Francis Creek 1

Elizabeth A. Wagner, 26, Francis Creek 1

Antonio E. Crayton, 31, Manitowoc 1, 24, 25

Joshua R. Resch, 27, New Holstein 1, 9, 14, 19, 22

Jason L. Wiehr, 30, Plymouth 2-10, 14-17, 19, 20, 22

Roger D. Burt, 32, Manitowoc 11, 12, 18, 21

Daniel J. Woelfel, 36, Kiel 8

Jason D. Gunderson, 31, Plymouth 4

Adoni P. Toniolo, 20, Plymouth 7, 16, 17, 20, 26, 27

Preston P. Stephens, 28, Reedsville 13, 23

Leah R. Truettner, 23, Sheboygan 5

On September 14 and 15, 2012, law enforcement arrested the above defendants pursuant to a federal criminal complaint and corresponding arrest warrants from the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Law enforcement officers also executed thirteen federal search warrants at locations in Manitowoc County, Sheboygan County, Calumet County, and Milwaukee County on September 14 and 15, 2012. Officials seized over 70 pounds of marijuana, 11 firearms, and over $200,000 in currency.

The defendants were charged based on a lengthy investigation by officers / special agents from the following agencies: Drug Enforcement Administration, the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit, the Plymouth Police Department, the Sheboygan County Metro Enforcement Group, the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Gang Task Force, which includes officers from the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Sanders.

“This investigation is representative of the commitment that is necessary to dismantle those drug trafficking organizations, whose criminal enterprises are responsible for much of the crime in our communities,” said Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug

Enforcement Administration, “I’m proud of the work done by these agents and officers, who worked tirelessly to achieve these results and I’m confident that with our continued partnership, we will have increasing success.”

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Sanders.

An indictment or criminal complaint is a method of charging an individual and does not constitute inference of his or her guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, that the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.



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