Three Indicted for Drug Trafficking on Mole Lake Indian Reservation
United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on October 12, 2016, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against three individuals involved in drug trafficking on the Mole Lake Indian Reservation in Forest County. The indictment named Anthony Quintana (age: 43) and Karen Quintana (age: 39) of Weston, and Diana Alvarado (age: 39) from the Town of Nashville in Forest County, Wisconsin.
All three defendants are charged in Count One with Conspiracy to Distribute Greater Than 50 Grams of Methamphetamine in violation of 21 United States Code Section 846, and in Count Two with Distribution of Greater Than 50 Grams of Methamphetamine in violation of 21 United States Code Section 841(a)(1). Counts Three, Four and Five charge Anthony Quintana and Diana Alvarado with Distribution of Methamphetamine in violation of 21 United States Code Sections 841(a)(1). As to Counts One and Two, each defendant faces a sentence of a minimum of 5 years’ and up to 40 years’ imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and between 5 years and a lifetime of Supervised Release. As to Counts Three, Four and Five each defendant faces a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 and between 5 years and a lifetime of Supervised Release.
According to the indictment, the three defendants conspired amongst themselves and with others to distribute more than 150 grams of methamphetamine and oxycodone in the Mole Lake area. On four separate occasions Anthony Quintana and Diana Alvarado distributed at least an ounce of methamphetamine, with one delivery in excess of 50 grams.
The case was investigated by the Forest County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation (Native American Drug and Gang Initiative) and the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.
An indictment 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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