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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 4, 2019

Methamphetamine Trafficking in the Fox Valley Region of Wisconsin Leads to Prison Sentences for Seven Individuals

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that seven individuals received sentences for drug trafficking in the Fox Valley Region of Northeastern Wisconsin. The sentences, imposed by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach, were the result of guilty pleas by the seven individuals between June 14, 2018 and September 18, 2018:

Defendant

Charge of Conviction

Sentencing date

Months of Prison

Months of Supervised Release

Robert Losse (35), formerly of Menasha, Wisconsin

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

9/17/2018

180

84

Lee H.A. Carter (38) formerly of Menasha, Wisconsin

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

10/2/2018

132

120

Anthony Cabrera-Santiago (31) formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

12/10/2018

120

96

Joshua Murphy (39) formerly of Bruce, Wisconsin

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

9/7/2018

120

72

Andrew Thede (31) formerly of Appleton, Wisconsin;

Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine

12/11/2018

120

72

Craig Hannemann (35) formerly Menasha, Wisconsin 

Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine

9/17/18

80

60

Zachary Dittmer (24) formerly of Fox Crossing, Wisconsin

Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

1/29/2019

42

72

The investigation revealed that between December 2016 and November 2017, the defendants conspired amongst themselves and with others, and to distribute a large quantity of methamphetamine in the Fox Valley. Evidence collected throughout the case suggests the amount of methamphetamine attributable to the group exceeded 200 pounds.

Numerous controlled purchases and multiple search warrants led to the recovery of controlled substances, packaging material, drug ledgers, firearms, and ammunition, including:

  • 6,188.74 grams of methamphetamine
  • 24.01 grams of heroin
  • 131 prescription opioid pills
  • $16,021.56 in US Currency
  • $1,500.00 in “motion picture” currency
  • Two .22 caliber handguns
  • Two .40 caliber handguns
  • Two 9mm handguns
  • One .380 caliber handgun

Chief Judge Griesbach noted the seriousness of the crimes the defendants committed, remarking that the sale and distribution of “poison” that “took away people’s freedom” required stiff sentences as a deterrent to those who would consider engaging in this sort of activity.  Chief Judge Griesbach also pointed out the defendants’ direct and indirect support of international drug cartels who perpetrated horrific violence against innocent citizens throughout the United States and elsewhere.

The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group-Drug Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Appleton Police Department, Oshkosh Police Department, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

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Updated February 4, 2019