Two men convicted of drug trafficking on the Menominee Indian Reservation | USAO-EDWI

Richard G. Frohling, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that two men had been convicted for their involvement in drug trafficking on the Menominee Indian Reservation on February 24, 2021. The District Judge Principal of the United States, William C. Griesbach, issued the following sentences:

Respondent

Residence

Conviction date

Prison sentence

Supervised release period

John D. Negani (Age: 37)

Flambeau Lake, WI

October 25, 2021

36 months

48 months

Scott J. Mielkie (Age: 50)

Lake Tomahawk, WI

November 3, 2021

24months

36 months

Negani pleaded guilty on July 21, 2021 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, contrary to Title 21, United States Code, sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). Mielkie pleaded guilty to the same charge on August 3, 2021.

The investigation revealed that on the evening of February 24, 2021, Negani and Mielkie were in a vehicle on the Menominee Indian Reservation. A Tribal Patrol officer stopped the vehicle for an equipment violation, and a subsequent alert by a drug detection police dog led to the discovery of just under 30 grams of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. drug. A search of the vehicle also revealed a Dan Wesson Arms .357 Magnum revolver in the vehicle.

According to court records, tribal investigators learned that Negani and Mielkie traveled to the Menominee Indian Reservation from the Lac du Flambeau area, purchased the meth from a source in Negani and were returning ‘north’ for distribution. later.

During their sentencing hearings, Judge Griesbach noted the destruction wrought by methamphetamine in northeastern Wisconsin and the Menominee Indian Reservation. Judge Griesbach explained that it was necessary to send a message, not only to the defendants, but to the whole community, that committing crimes while armed would not be accepted.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. He was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

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