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Sheboygan Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges

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

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on January 13, 2020, Ey Lao (age: 34) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.  Lao was found guilty following a jury trial last October of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and 841(b)(1)(A) and of being a felon in possession of a firearm contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

The evidence at trial revealed that Lao and his girlfriend, Lola Yang a/k/a “Lola Chang,” slid off an Interstate 43 exit ramp where their vehicle became stuck during a March 1, 2019 blizzard.  A Brown County Sheriff’s lieutenant made contact with the couple and became suspicious when his efforts to assist Lao and Yang out of their predicament were rebuffed.  Further investigation revealed that the duo were in possession of 73.01 grams of actual (“crystal”) methamphetamine, a digital scale, and drug paraphernalia located inside a locked safe.  Following the couple’s arrest, the vehicle was more closely searched and a loaded 9mm Kel-Tec firearm was located in the glove box.    

Yang (age: 33), also of Sheboygan, pled guilty prior to trial and received a 10 year sentence on the methamphetamine charge.

Senior District Judge William C. Griesbach noted the serious nature of Lao’s crimes and his prior convictions for similar offenses in state court as support for the lengthy prison sentence.  Lao will also be required to spend 10 years on supervised release following his prison sentence. 

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Updated January 17, 2020