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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Man Sentenced to 90 Months for Methamphetamine Conspiracy on Tribal Land

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Simon Sayers, 42, Bayfield, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

The amount of methamphetamine attributable to Sayers was approximately 756 grams, which Judge Conley described as a conservative estimate.  Sayers’ role in the conspiracy included wiring money to the California source of methamphetamine and accepting packages of methamphetamine in the mail.  Sayers also distributed methamphetamine for a profit.  Judge Conley stated that almost all of this methamphetamine was distributed on the Red Cliff Reservation. 

Simon Sayers and three other individuals were charged for their roles in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  Tyrone Butterfield, Ryan Witter, and Rita Witter are scheduled to go to trial before Judge Conley on January 14, 2019.  Rita Witter and Ryan Witter are mother and son. 

The charge against Sayers was the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Cliff Police Department;  Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Drug Enforcement Administration - Madison, Wisconsin and Fremont, California; Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office; Ashland Police Department; and the Fremont (California) Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diane Schlipper and Darren Halverson. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated November 21, 2018