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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

25th Member Of Cocaine Conspiracy Sentenced

Madison, Wis. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Christopher A. Kline, 30, Oconomowoc, Wis., was sentenced today for his role in a long-term investigation into cocaine trafficking in Jefferson County.

Kline was sentenced to three years of probation by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb for possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.  Judge Crabb noted that Kline avoided a prison term because his conduct was driven by his addiction to cocaine and because he did not financially profit from his involvement in the case.

Twenty-four individuals were previously sentenced as a result of this long-term drug investigation that began in November 2007 in Jefferson County.  In addition to Kline, two individuals who have been indicted for their role in the conspiracy remain fugitives:  Celestino Velazquez-Rodriguez and Emmanuel Pineda-Gonzalez. 

Beginning in February 2008, the United States received authority from Judge Crabb to conduct wiretaps on several of the telephones being used by Maximo and Efrain Pineda-Buenaventura to conduct a drug operation run out of multiple dwellings in Watertown and a residence in Janesville.  Approximately 8,000 calls were monitored by law enforcement officers between February and June in which members of the conspiracy were overheard conducting drug transactions and making arrangements to facilitate the sale of large amounts of cocaine in the Western District of Wisconsin.

On June 19, 2008, law enforcement officers executed 11 search warrants in the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, resulting in the arrest of several defendants in Watertown, the seizure of over $100,000 in United States currency, several automobiles, and multiple kilograms of cocaine. 

Previously sentenced were:

1. Maximo Pineda-Buenaventura; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 17 years, 6 months
2. Servando Herrera-Vazquez; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 11 years, 8 months

3. Efrain Pineda-Buenaventura; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 10 years
4. Teodulo Pineda-Buenaventura; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 5 years
5. Otoniel Mendoza; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 5 years
6. James Hrobsky; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 2 years, 6 months
7. Will Bryant; conspiracy to distribute cocaine;            4 years, 4 months
8. Jesus Duque-Pineda; distribution of cocaine; 6 months
9. Arturo Pineda-Lopez; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 3 years, 1 month
10. Perfecto Pineda-Duque; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 3 years, 10 months
11. Juan C. Pineda-Pineda; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 1 year
12. Harold Hausz; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 5 years
13. Eli Torres-Banos; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 1 year
14. Gerado Pineda-Soria; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 2 years, 6 months
15. Arnold Wood; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 5 years
16. Scott Thorsen; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 4 years, 6 months
17. Martin Pineda-Pineda a/k/a Magin Avellaneda-Avila; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 4 years, 3 months
18. Angel Ayala-Pineda; distribution of cocaine; 15 months
19. Joshua Cira; using a telephone to commit a felony drug offense; 1 year and 1 day
20. Anthony Jameson; using a telephone to commit a felony drug offense; 1 year of probation
21. Jon Bertel; using a telephone to commit a felony drug offense; 1 day in prison and 1 year of supervised release
22. Rachel Kopp; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; 30 months
23. Kevin Sobrolske; possession of cocaine; 1 year of probation
24. Mark Balcerowski; using a telephone to commit a felony drug offense; 3 years of probation

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Dodge County Sheriff's Department; Jefferson County Drug Task Force; Fort Atkinson Police Department; Watertown Police Department; and Janesville Police Department.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant United States Attorney Paul W. Connell. 

Updated July 14, 2015