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

Friday, January 9, 2015

Oxycodone Suppliers Sentenced In Federal Court

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Thomas Old Coyote, 54, Milwaukee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 42 months in federal prison, for conspiring to possess Oxycodone with intent to distribute and to distribute.  His son, Ryan Old Coyote, 30, also of Milwaukee, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison, for unlawfully using a wire communication via Money Gram to facilitate the distribution of Oxycodone.  They both pleaded guilty to these charges on October 28, 2014.

The Old Coyotes were the suppliers of Oxycodone for Charlie and Andrew Meshigaud and others, who then distributed it on the Lac du Flambeau reservation.  From January to June 2013, the Meshigauds made numerous trips to Milwaukee to purchase over 1,000 30 mg pills of Oxycodone.  They, and others at their request, wired approximately $40,000 to the Old Coyotes during that time period.

On August 22, 2014, Judge Crabb sentenced Andrew Meshigaud to 151 months in prison and Charlie Meshigaud to 60 months in prison.   

On May 30, 2014, Brandon Vetterneck was sentenced to 40 months in prison; on June 10, 2014, Lois Vetterneck to a one-year term of probation; and on July 15, 2014, Derek Armstrong was sentenced to 24 months in prison.  These three individuals also distributed Oxycodone on the reservation, and the Meshigauds were their source.

The charges against Thomas and Ryan Old Coyote were the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Lac du Flambeau Police Department; and the Vilas and Oneida County Sheriffs' Departments.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.  

Updated July 14, 2015