Ashland County Man Sentenced on Cocaine Charge
Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ezra Miranda, 33, formerly of Odanah, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Miranda pled guilty to this charge on March 21, 2012.
Miranda's criminal conduct was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation together with members of the Northwest Area Crime Unit. The successful investigation led to a July 2009 indictment charging Miranda and Daniel Cadotte, also of Odanah, with cocaine distribution offenses. On September 1, 2009, Cadotte pled guilty before Judge Crabb to distributing cocaine. On November 6, 2009, Judge Crabb sentenced Cadotte to 48 months in prison.
Miranda, however, aware that federal charges would be forthcoming, fled Wisconsin before indictment. After a painstaking and thorough investigation, the U.S. Marshal's Service found Miranda living under an assumed name in Los Angeles. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Miranda on November 22, 2011.
Judge Crabb imposed the 10-year prison sentence in light of the amount of cocaine that Miranda distributed, his flight to avoid prosecution, and his long criminal history involving both drug offenses and crimes of violence. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O'Shea.
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