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Appleton Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine and Ammunition Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on March 16, 2020, Kou Lee (age: 30) of Appleton, Wisconsin was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach.  Kou Lee pled guilty to possessing in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the controlled substance and also possessed ammunition as a convicted felon, contrary to Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a), (b)(1)(A) and Title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g). 

Judge Griesbach noted Lee’s previous criminal convictions involving methamphetamine at both the state and federal level, as well as Lee’s role “distributing poison” in the Fox Valley area in order to make “easy money.”  Following his prison sentence, Lee will spend ten years on supervised release.

This case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The Project Safe Neighborhoods’ strategy brings together all levels of law enforcement and community resources to reduce violent crime and improve the quality of life in all our neighborhoods.

This case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit and the United States Probation Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated March 17, 2020