Twenty-Sixth Defendant Found Guilty in St. Croix Tribal Drug Investigation

Madison, WI–(ENEWSPF)– John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Eric E. Garvey, 40, Webster, Wisconsin, was found guilty today by a jury following a two-day trial in U.S. District Court in Madison. The jury found Garvey guilty on all four charges of distributing methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley scheduled sentencing for April 20 at 1:00 p.m. Garvey faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each charge.

The government’s proof at the jury trial established that Garvey sold methamphetamine to an individual working with law enforcement on four occasions in April and May 2008. The Garvey investigation was part of a large investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands.

Twenty-five defendants have previously been sentenced as a result of this investigation. The previous defendants sentenced are set forth below:

Name Crime of Conviction Sentence Imposed
George Rainey Distribution of crack cocaine 14 years
Bruce Rainey Distribution of crack cocaine 17 years, six months
Diana Martin Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine Nine years
Margrette Cobb Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine 13 years, four months
Andrew Sonnenberg Distribution of crack cocaine 17 years, six months
Ericka J. Reynolds Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine One year, six months
Shaleah Reynolds Distribution of crack cocaine Two years
Michael D. Hammond Distribution of crack cocaine 12 years, seven months
Steven R. Lang Distribution of methamphetamine Four years
Shana Corbine Distribution of crack cocaine Four years, three years
Linda Lightfeather Operating a crack house Five months
Buck Zehner Operating a crack house Eight months
Janeen Mosay Operating a crack house Six months
Frankie Bildeau Distribution of crack cocaine 12 months, one day
Broderick Swain Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine 54 months
Derrick Rapley Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine 13 years
Louis Belisle Distribution of crack cocaine 21 months
Brandon Belisle Distribution of crack cocaine 21 months
John Carr Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine Six years

United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated that today’s guilty verdict, and all the prior sentencings, were the result of a long-term investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Federal Bureau of Investigation; St. Croix Tribal Police Department; Rice Lake Police Department; Barron County Sheriff’s Department; Burnett County Sheriff’s Department; Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department; Polk County Sheriff’s Department; Native American Drug & Gang Initiative; and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Jarosz handled the prosecution of the Garvey case; United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil handled the prosecution of the previous cases.