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21st Person Sentenced in Crack Cocaine Distribution Case

Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 4:54 am

A Detroit man will spend 4.5 years in prison for his role in distributing crack cocaine on St. Croix Tribal Lands. 34-year-old Broderick Swain was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Madison.

Swain previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute crack cocaine on St. Croix tribal lands between April 2006 to June 2008. He was one of three people charged in a nine-count indictment returned by the grand jury on December 2, 2009.

With Swain’s sentencing, twenty-one defendants have now been sentenced as a result of this investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands. Louis and Brandon Belisle pleaded guilty on April 14 and will be sentenced on July 12.

The Burnett and Polk County Sheriff’s Offices assisted in the investigation.

1 Comment

  1. Concerned Citizen 05/21/10 at 9:22am

    People with drug problems/addictions come from all over, not just the reservation. A number of these people are not from St. Croix. I hope people get the message that it’s just not Native Americans involved in this investigation.

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