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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 21, 2014

United States Attorney's Office and Law Enforcement Target "Molly" (Methylone) Importation and Distribution in the Washington County Area

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced today that 12 defendants were indicted in federal court with Conspiracy to Import and Distribute Methylone, a Schedule I Controlled Substance in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. 

Defendant
Age and Residency

Kirk R.C. Mickelson  aka “Kurt Cobain,” “Captain Kirk,” Captain”

25, Beloit

22, Beloit

Bryan F. Eason, aka “B,” “Unc,” “Uncle”

40, Illinois

Michael Miller

31, Minneapolis

Leanna Porter

26, Beloit

Connie Ketelsen

49, Beloit

Amy Ketelsen

25, Beloit

Wendell Thompson Eason

52, Hampton, NH

Allen Arthur Strzyzykowski

23, Janesville

Anthony Longtin, aka “Toby,” “Little Hitter"

23, Janesville

Martel Earl, aka “Tel”

24, Beloit

Scott Robert Beckwith, aka “Face”

31, Unknown

According to information released in court, in 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation into a poly-drug group.  One of the main drugs the group trafficked in was Methylone.  Methylone is also known by the street names “Molly” or “M-1,” and is part of a family of synthetic, designer drugs commonly known as “bath salts.” Methylone is a Schedule I controlled substance. 

The indictment alleges that from October 2011 through July 1, 2014, the defendants listed in the table above knowingly and intentionally conspired to import, distribute and possess with intent to distribute Methylone.  If convicted each defendant faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a minimum of 3 years supervised release.

In addition, Kirk R.C. Mickelson and Bryan F. Eason (B.F. Eason) were charged with Use and Brandishing of Firearms and Ammunition in furtherance of a Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.  If convicted they will face an additional 7 years to life imprisonment.  B.F. Eason was also charged with Intimidation of a Witness in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512 (b)(1) and (2).  If convicted B.F. Eason will face an additional 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a minimum of 5 years supervised release.

In a separate but related indictment, a thirteenth defendant identified as Robert Bero (age: 21) formerly of West Bend was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methylone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846 and Distribution of Methylone, a Schedule I Controlled Substance in violation of  Title 21, United States Code, Section 841.  If convicted he faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a minimum of 3 years supervised release on each count.

The defendants were charged based on a lengthy joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force. Also assisting in the investigation were the Rock County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigations, and the Maui Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karine Moreno-Taxman.

In making this announcement, United States Attorney James L. Santelle stated: “This  important law enforcement action—identifying, apprehending, and bringing to justice a group of people whose drug dealing and related criminal conduct has compromised the safety and security of communities in Washington County, throughout the Eastern District of Wisconsin, in Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and elsewhere—reflects the continuing, targeted, and effective work that we pursue on behalf of all of the people of our nation. The result of that focused investigative and prosecution strategy is that thirteen defendants have been charged with engaging in a sophisticated conspiracy to distribute Methylone and to profit from the subsequent sale of it.  The fact that virtually all of them are now in custody, facing significant prison terms and likely to lose the assets that they have acquired, is rightly viewed as the appropriate and anticipated response to this kind of destructive behavior.  It is also representative of the sort of success that we have in combating the illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, and distribution of illegal drugs of all kinds.” Santelle specifically commended the professional work of all of the agencies participating in the investigation of the case and, in particular, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force.

Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which includes Wisconsin, praised the dedication and teamwork of the agents, officers and prosecutors involved in this investigation.  "The indictments of these 12 individuals, should serve as a notice to criminal networks that allegedly traffic in narcotics that the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners stand shoulder to shoulder in our commitment and we will use every legal avenue available to hold the leaders of those organizations accountable."

An indictment is a method of charging an individual and does not constitute inference of his or her guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, that the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Briana R. Ketelsen, aka “Bree”
Updated January 29, 2015