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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Onalaska Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ryan Koenig, 23, Onalaska, Wisconsin, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 72 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  Koenig pleaded guilty to this charge on November 16, 2018 and was sentenced on February 8.

Koenig conspired with Roberta Draheim and others to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine to the La Crosse area.  Draheim’s trafficking operation was responsible for the shipment of over 35 packages of methamphetamine from California to the La Crosse area over a 15-month period.  Many of those packages consisted of multiple pounds of methamphetamine. 

During sentencing, Judge Conley stated that Koenig became aware that Draheim’s associates had access to cheap, high-quality methamphetamine from California and capitalized on this connection to order large quantities of methamphetamine for distribution in the La Crosse area.  This was Koenig’s first federal conviction, second drug distribution conviction, and fifth overall adult criminal conviction.

Koenig and five other individuals were charged for their roles in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  Five of the six individuals charged in the indictment have pleaded guilty; Koenig is the third to be sentenced.

The charge against Koenig was the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Wisconsin and California; Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; La Crosse Police Department; Prairie du Chien Police Department; and Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 13, 2019