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Drug Distribution and Child Neglect on Menominee Indian Reservation Lead to Prison Sentence for Keshena Man

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

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Louis J. Chevalier (age: 32), a former resident of Keshena and enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, received a total sentence of 36 months following convictions for maintaining a drug-involved residence and felony child neglect.

The sentence, imposed on March 8, 2024, by Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach, was the result of guilty pleas entered by the defendant on December 7, 2023. Judge Griesbach sentenced Chevalier to concurrent 36-month sentences on each count. Chevalier will also face three years of supervised release once he completes his sentence.

According to court records, on March 31, 2023, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Chevalier’s residence on Onanekwat Resort West, which is just east of Keshena. When police executed the search warrant, they discovered evidence of drug distribution and use. Police also contacted child protective services, who removed a three-year old child from the residence. The child tested positive for multiple controlled substances and had extensive dental decay from neglect and drug exposure that required surgery to repair.

 At sentencing, Judge Griesbach noted the seriousness of the defendant’s crimes, specifically mentioning the injuries suffered by the child and the potential for long-term developmental issues. Judge Griesbach described the need for the defendant’s sentence to deter those who might consider similar actions and to protect the community from the destructive effects of abuse of controlled substances. Another person residing in the home was also prosecuted for felony child neglect and was placed on probation for a period of three years.

The case was investigated by multiple agencies as part of the Safe Trails Task Force (STTF) and Native American Drug and Gang Initiative (NADGI). NADGI and STTF partner federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement to combat drug trafficking and violent crime on the Menominee Indian Reservation. STTF members are deputized federal officers who identify and target for prosecution individuals who are involved in distribution of dangerous drugs on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Coordination of state resources through NADGI permits efficient communication and evidence processing, which are essential to swift but fair prosecution of offenders.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, with valuable assistance from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier prosecuted the case in U.S. District Court in Green Bay.



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Updated March 11, 2024