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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Appleton Men Sentenced for Roles in Meth Conspiracy

Gregory J. Haanstad, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on September 21, 2015, Sa Xiong (age: 25) and Bee Vang (age: 23) of Appleton, Wisconsin, were both sentenced to federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.  Xiong and Vang had previously entered guilty pleas to a single count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21 United States Code Section 846.  According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Xiong and Vang helped operate a methamphetamine distribution ring stretching from the Fox Valley to Calumet County.  Xiong and another high level co-conspirator distributed the methamphetamine while in possession of several semi-automatic firearms.         

In pronouncing the sentences, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the debilitating effect that methamphetamine has on individuals and the great harm the drug causes in Northeast Wisconsin. He further noted that the quantity of methamphetamine and the presence of firearms made this a particularly dangerous conspiracy.  Ultimately, Xiong was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 120 months in federal prison for his role as the “right-hand man” to the leader of the drug conspiracy.  Vang, who played a much lesser role, received a sentence of 18 months imprisonment followed by 4 months of electronic monitoring and home detention.     

The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Appleton Police Department, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Kaukauna Police Department, Town of Menasha Police Department, Menasha Police Department, Neenah Police Department, Oshkosh Police Department, Calumet County Sheriff’s Department, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated September 22, 2015