Gun Charges Added to Oxycodone Cases
United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on May 23, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a five-count Superseding Indictment against Lee Hueckstaedt (age: 31) of Rhinelander containing charges related to distributing Oxycodone. On June 6, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a nine-count, Second Superseding Indictment that contained Oxycodone-related charges against seven individuals including Lance Bruette (age: 34) of Minocqua, Orvin Kay (age: 57) of Milwaukee, Frank Lawrence (age: 38) of Saint Germain, Mitchell Plantikow (age: 29) of Woodruff, Troy Plantikow (age: 52) of Woodruff and Lacey Stanick (age: 31) of Woodruff, and Serena Johnson (age: 34) of Lac Du Flambeau.
The Superseding Indictment against Lee Hueckstaedt added a charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone in violation of 21 United States Code Section 846. It also added a charge of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime in violation of 18 United States Code 924(c). The nine-count, Second Superseding Indictment against the seven individuals only added one new charge against Lance Bruette for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime in violation of 18 United States Code 924(c). A conviction of 18 United States Code 924(c) carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.
According to the Criminal Complaint filed against Orvin Kay, certain members of the conspiracy who resided in Northern Wisconsin would drive to Milwaukee and pick up hundreds of Oxycodone 30 mg pills per week from Orvin Kay. They would then distribute those Oxycodone pills to individual users, as well as co-conspirators who would sell the pills to other individuals. The maximum penalty for all of the charges except for the violation of 18 United States Code 924(c) is 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a violation of 18 United States Code 924(c) is life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The following agencies are participating in the investigation: the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office; the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office; the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration – Milwaukee (Tactical Diversion Squad); the Minocqua Police Department and the Rhinelander Police Department; and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (“NORDEG”). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary J. Corey.
An indictment and a criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig 414-297-1700