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Manitowoc Couple Indicted on Drug and Firearm Charges

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

United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on April 5, 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Dominique M. Hope (age: 23) and Tamara R. Rudd (age: 23) both of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Hope faces charges alleging he was a felon in possession of a firearm, possessed marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug conspiracy, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(c)(1)(A), and Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and 841(b)(1)(D). He faces penalties ranging from a mandatory five years imprisonment up to a life sentence, a $500,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release.

The allegation against Rudd contends that she aided and abetted Hope’s possession of a firearm knowing he was a convicted felon, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g) and 2. She faces up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Manitowoc County MEG Unit, the City of Manitowoc Police Department, and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office.  The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

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Updated April 6, 2016