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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

California Woman Sentenced in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Amanda Brown, 31, Fullerton, Calif., was sentenced on December 15 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 30 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.   Brown pleaded guilty to this charge on October 3, 2017.


The amount attributable to Brown was approximately three pounds of pure methamphetamine.  During sentencing, Judge Conley described Brown as facilitating the sale of large quantities of pure methamphetamine.  Brown assisted her brother, Sean Brown, who shipped multiple, pound-level packages of methamphetamine from California to Wisconsin.


Amanda Brown and seven other individuals were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in March for their roles in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  Seven of the eight defendants have pleaded guilty; Amanda Brown is the fifth to be sentenced.  The others who have been sentenced include: 

  1. Christopher Dutton, Madison, Wis., sentenced October 24 to 15 years;
  2. Sean Brown, Los Angeles, sentenced November 2 to 11 years;
  3. James Nehls, Lone Rock, Wis., sentenced November  16 to 7 years; and
  4. Brandon Frank, Argyle, Wis., sentenced on November 21 to 148 months

The charge against Amanda Brown was the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration- Madison and Los Angeles; Dane County Narcotics Task Force; Dane County Sheriff’s Department; Madison Police Department; UW-Madison Police Department; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Sauk County Drug Task Force; Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force; Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office; State Line Area Narcotics Team; and Rock County Special Investigations Unit.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Reinhard and Diane Schlipper. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated December 19, 2017