Three More Sentenced, Another Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Madison, Wisconsin — Stephen P. Sinnott, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that three more defendants were sentenced today in the St. Croix tribal land drug investigation — Linda Lightfeather, 49; Buck Zehner, 34; and Zehner’s wife, Janeen Mosay, 40, all of Webster, Wis.

U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman, a visiting judge from the Eastern District of Wisconsin, sentenced these three defendants for their role in operating crack houses on St. Croix tribal lands from which numerous individuals distributed crack cocaine.

Judge Adelman sentenced Lighfeather to five months in custody (which has been completely served as of today because she has been in custody since September 17, 2009). He sentenced Zehner to eight months in custody and Mosay to six months in custody. With today’s sentencings, nineteen defendants have now been sentenced as a result of this investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands.

United States Attorney Sinnott stated that today’s sentencings were the result of a long-term investigation being 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; the Native American Drug & Gang Initiative; and the Wisconsin State Patrol. As set out above, nineteen defendants have now been convicted of federal drug
offenses as a result of this investigation.

Frankie Bildeau, 24, Webster, Wis., pleaded guilty today and will be sentenced on April 14, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

Five additional defendants indicted on December 2, 2009 are awaiting trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil is handling the prosecution of these cases.

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