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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Polk County Woman Sentenced To 96 Months For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Sarah Ricci, 33, Frederic, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 96 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Ricci pleaded guilty to this charge on April 9, 2015.      

In 2012, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and comprised of federal, state, and local investigators began investigating Ricci and others for their involvement in the importation and distribution of methamphetamines in Polk and Burnett Counties, Wis. 

Ricci was arrested on March 3, 2014 in Danbury, Wis.  A search of her hotel room uncovered evidence of methamphetamine use and trafficking.  Ricci was involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 pounds of methamphetamine between 2012 and 2014.
 
U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil praised the outstanding cooperation among all law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation in addressing the problem of methamphetamine use in Northwest Wisconsin. 

In addition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Task Force included the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Polk, Burnett, and Washburn County Sheriffs’ Departments, and the St. Croix Tribal Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Anderson. 

Updated July 14, 2015