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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nine Defendants Charged in Connection with Herion Distribution in Marinette County, Brown County and Menominee, Michigan

United States Attorney James L. Santelle of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced the filing of a criminal complaint alleging that nine people were involved with the distribution of heroin in Marinette County, Brown County and Menominee, Michigan.  Brian L. King (age: 55) of Chicago was charged with Distribution of Heroin in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B). The other eight defendants listed in the table below are charged with conspiracy to distribution heroin in violation Title 21 United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), and Title 18 United States Code, Section 2.   

Age and Residency

Andrea M. Paris (nee Addington)

29, Marinette, Wisconsin

23, Marinette, Wisconsin

Shawn A. Klatt

33, Marinette, Wisconsin

Karen A. Sanchez

38, Marinette, Wisconsin

Gerald F. Pichette

50, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Michael D. Peak

40, Menominee, Michigan

Donald M. Myers

41, Menominee, Michigan

Eric E. Ebbole

42, Menominee, Michigan

According to charging documents it is alleged that King is responsible for the distribution of over 500 grams of heroin in the Marinette, Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Menominee, Michigan areas. The others charged in the complaint are alleged to have conspired to fund, purchase, transport, distribute, and sell large amounts of heroin in northeast Wisconsin and Menominee, Michigan.

If convicted each defendant, faces a maximum penalty of between 5 and 40 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $5,000,000, a $100 special assessment, and between 4 years to life on supervised release. 

This case was a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Milwaukee and Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, the Marinette Police Department, the Menominee County Michigan Sheriff’s Department and the Menominee Michigan Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove each of them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

Taira M. Zimmerman
Updated January 29, 2015