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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Three Appleton Area Residents Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that a federal indictment was returned against Yia Thao (age: 31) and Yaj Vang (age: 29) both of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Nalee Xiong (age: 36) of Neenah, Wisconsin.

The indictment alleges that the trio conspired to possess in excess of 50 grams of actual (also known as “crystal”) methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. If convicted, each faces a mandatory 10 year prison sentence and up to a lifetime of imprisonment. They could also be fined up to $10,000,000. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM). 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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For further information contact:

Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales, 414-297-1700

Updated February 26, 2019