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Fourth man sentenced for Bayfield County meth distribution

A Red Cliff, Wisconsin, man will spend 14 years in federal prison for distributing at least 680 grams of methamphetamine in Bayfield, most of it on the Red Cliff Reservation.

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A Red Cliff, Wisconsin, man will spend 14 years in federal prison for distributing at least 680 grams of methamphetamine in Bayfield, most of it on the Red Cliff Reservation.

Tyrone Butterfield, 39, pleaded guilty in Western District Court on April 3 to distributing methamphetamine and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Conley, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Scott Blader.

Butterfield arranged for the shipment of numerous packages of methamphetamine from sources in California to Bayfield, directing associates to wire money and accept packages on his behalf. Conley said the 680 grams of methamphetamine attributed to Butterfield was a conservative estimate.

Butterfield is one of four individuals charged for their roles in the distribution conspiracy. The Red Cliff man supervised the conspiracy and used his residence to distribute methamphetamine, which the court took into consideration for sentencing.

The three others involved have already made pleas and been sentenced. Simon Sayers was sentenced to seven and a half years in federal prison for his role. Rita Witter was sentenced to three years and her son, Ryan Witter, was sentenced to 10 and a half years

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The charge against Butterfield was the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Cliff Police Department; Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Drug Enforcement Administration in Wisconsin and California; Bayfield County Sheriff's Office; Ashland Police Department; and the Fremont (California) Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper.

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