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Meth case moves to sentencing

A Wisconsin man who funneled large quantities of meth into the Northland faces sentencing in January. Wayne Ruoho, 40, of Baldwin pleaded guilty Friday in Madison before U.S. District Judge John C. Shabaz to a charge he conspired to distribute me...

A Wisconsin man who funneled large quantities of meth into the Northland faces sentencing in January.

Wayne Ruoho, 40, of Baldwin pleaded guilty Friday in Madison before U.S. District Judge John C. Shabaz to a charge he conspired to distribute methamphetamine.

Ruoho admitted he conspired between September 2001 and December 2004 to distribute and possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ruoho traveled with coconspirators from Minnesota to California, transporting large amounts of U.S. currency to obtain multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine; large quantities of methamphetamine obtained in California were then transported to Minnesota for distribution in various locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ruoho utilized couriers to deliver methamphetamine and personally delivered methamphetamine to his co-conspirators for distribution in the Western District of Wisconsin. Angela Trudelle, formerly of Washburn County, distributed Ruoho's methamphetamine to customers from various counties including Washburn and Barron. Michele and Timothy Nelson distributed Ruoho's methamphetamine to customers in various counties including St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn.

Timothy Nelson has pleaded guilty to this conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

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Michele Nelson, Angela Trudelle, Lawrence Bauer, Terry Mortier, Richard Holland, Jamie Briesemeister and Reanne Taylor have all been convicted and sentenced to federal prison for their involvement. Sentences range from 10 to 21 years.

U.S. Attorney Peterson stated this guilty plea is the result of a long-term investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation-Narcotics Bureau; the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; and sheriff's department in St. Croix, Washburn and Barron counties. Prosecution has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil.

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