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Twenty-First Defendant Sentenced in St. Croix Tribal Drug Investigation

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Stephen P. Sinnott, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Broderick Swain, a/k/a "Whop," 34, Detroit, Mich., was sentenced Tuesday to 54 months in prison without parole by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb. Swain previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute crack cocaine on St. Croix tribal lands from approximately April 2006 to June 2008.

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With Swain's sentencing, 21 defendants have now been sentenced as a result of this investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands.

Joseph Merrill was sentenced to four years for distribution of crack cocaine; Manley L. Williams was sentenced to eight years and four months for distribution of crack cocaine; Christifer Sonnenberg was sentenced to five years and six months for distribution of crack cocaine; Jean Sonnenberg was sentenced to 19 years and seven months for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; Bruce Sonnenberg was sentenced to 24 years and four months for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; Amanda Sonnenberg was sentenced to three years and 10 months for distribution of crack cocaine; George Rainey was sentenced to 14 years for distribution of crack cocaine; Bruce Rainey was sentenced to 17 years and six months for distribution of crack cocaine; Diana Martin was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; Margrette Cobb was sentenced to 13 years and four months for distribution of crack cocaine; Andrew Sonnenberg was sentenced to 17 years and six months for distribution of crack cocaine; Ericka J. Reynolds was sentenced to one year and six months for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; Shaleah Reynolds was sentenced to two years for distribution of crack cocaine; Michael D. Hammond was sentenced to 12 years and seven months for distribution of crack cocaine; Steven R. Lang was sentenced to four years for distribution of methamphetamine; Shana Corbine was sentenced to four years and three months for distribution of crack cocaine; Linda Lightfeather was sentenced to five months for operating a crack house; Buck Zehner was sentenced to eight months for operating a crack house; Janeen Mosay was sentenced to six months for operating a crack house; and Frankie Bildeau was sentenced to 12 months and one day for distribution of crack cocaine.

Sinnott stated that yesterday's sentencing was the result of a long-term investigation being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the St. Croix Tribal Police Department; the Rice Lake Police Department; the Barron County Sheriff's Department; the Burnett County Sheriff's Department; the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department; the Polk County Sheriff's Department; the Native American Drug & Gang Initiative; and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

As set out above, twenty-one defendants have now been convicted of federal drug offenses as a result of this investigation. Louis and Brandon Belisle pleaded guilty on April 14 and will be sentenced on July 12. John Carr, Derrick Rapley, and Broderick Swain were charged in a nine-count indictment returned by the grand jury on Dec. 2, 2009. Rapley has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb on May 24. Carr is set for a jury trial beginning on June 14.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil is handling the prosecution of these cases.

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