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Tomahawk Man Sentenced on Meth Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bernard W. Robertson, 41, of Tomahawk, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 211 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in the Lincoln county area during 2008 and 2009. Federal prison sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

Robertson’s sentence was enhanced due to his dangerous conduct in attempting to flee police who attempted to stop a vehicle he was driving in May 2009. Judge Crabb noted that during the chase, Robertson reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, placing the police and the public in danger. As he later fled on foot, Robertson discarded items of evidence related to his methamphetamine activities.

The prosecution of Robertson was the result of an extensive and ongoing investigation of methamphetamine manufacture conducted by the Merrill Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. To date, the cooperative state, local and federal investigation has resulted in the conviction of 16 people involved in over a dozen separate methamphetamine cooking operations during 2008 through 2010.

The following defendants were previously convicted and sentenced in federal court in connection with this investigation:

  1. Michael Ritchie, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 70 months;
  2. Larry Dole, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 10 years, 10 months;
  3. Antonio Lance, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 12 years, 5 months;
  4. Jody Simon, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 10 years;
  5. Shawn Ably, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 6 years;
  6. Jake Barttelt, manufacture of methamphetamine; 5 ½ years;
  7. Daniel Bohman, manufacture of methamphetamine, 4 years;
  8. Joshua Graham, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 10 years;
  9. Chuck Groff, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, 12 years;
  10. Paul Rasmussen, attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, 5 years;
  11. David Bienfang, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 4 ½ years;
  12. Hal “Casey” Mulford, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 3 ½ years;
  13. Richard Koput, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 11 years;
  14. Christopher Schmeltzer, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 27 months; and
  15. Charles “Mike” Bear, conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, 9 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson is handling the prosecution of these cases.

 

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