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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

TWO HAYWARD MEN CHARGED WITH IMPORTING ILLEGAL DRUG FROM CHINA

            Michael R. Moreno, 39, and Paul R. Heidbreder, 56, both of Hayward, Wis., are charged with conspiring to import Alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (Alpha-PVP) from China into the United States, and to distribute it.  The indictment alleges that the conspiracy operated from March to July 2014. 

            The indictment alleges that Moreno developed a source for Alpha-PVP in China and placed orders with the source, and that Heidbreder and an unnamed co-conspirator provided money to Moreno to pay for shipments from China.  The indictment alleges that Moreno wired money to China, paying $900 for each 500-gram shipment, and that the drugs were shipped to Moreno’s address in Hayward, and to addresses in Oconomowoc, Wis., and Dubuque, Iowa.  The indictment alleges that Moreno and Heidbreder, along with the unnamed co-conspirator, divided the Alpha-PVP after it was received and distributed it to customers in northwestern Wisconsin for $100 per gram.

            The indictment also charges Moreno and Heidbreder with one count of attempting to possess Alpha-PVP, two counts of possessing Alpha-PVP with the intent to distribute, Moreno with an additional count of attempting to possess Alpha-PVP, and Moreno with two counts of distributing Alpha-PVP.

            If convicted, Moreno and Heidbreder face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Hayward Police Department; Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department; and Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil.

REEDSBURG MAN FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR ROBBERIES & GUN CRIMES

            Keith Gary, 46, Reedsburg, Wis., was charged in a superseding indictment with six robberies and one attempted robbery of Madison-area businesses, two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Gary was indicted by the grand jury on the felon in possession charge on December 10, 2014. 

            The indictment alleges that he attempted to rob the McDonald’s, West Broadway, on October 29, 2014, and that he committed robberies at the following businesses:

  1. Klinke Cleaners, Odana Road, on September 18, 2014;
  2. McDonald’s, Verona Road, on September 21, 2014;
  3. Klinke Cleaners, Park Street, on September 22, 2014;
  4. Arby’s Restaurant, Gammon Road, on September 24, 2014;
  5. Sally Beauty Supply, Whitney Way, on October 4, 2014; and
  6. Papa John’s Pizza, East Washington Avenue, on October 29, 2014.

The indictment also alleges that during the September 18 and September 21 robberies, Gary brandished a firearm.  The indictment also charges that on November 13, 2014, Gary possessed a .32 caliber revolver and ammunition. 

If convicted, Gary faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each robbery count, 10 years for the felon in possession count, and a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years for one brandishing a firearm count, to be served consecutively to any penalty imposed for the September 18 robbery, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years for the second brandishing a firearm count, consecutive to any penalty imposed for the first brandishing a firearm count and any penalty imposed for the September 21 robbery. 

The charges against Gary are the result of an investigation by the Reedsburg, Monona and Madison Police Departments; Dane County Sheriff’s Department; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow. 

Updated July 14, 2015