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Twenty-second defendant sentenced in tribal drug investigation

A Detroit man has become the 22nd defendant sentenced in a St. Croix tribal drug investigation. Stephen P. Sinnott, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Derrick Rapley, 31, was sentenced Monday to 13 years ...

A Detroit man has become the 22nd defendant sentenced in a St. Croix tribal drug investigation. Stephen P. Sinnott, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Derrick Rapley, 31, was sentenced Monday to 13 years in prison without parole by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb. Rapley previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute crack cocaine on St. Croix tribal lands from approximately April 2006 to June 2008.

In sentencing Rapley, the judge noted his lengthy criminal history which began with a violent carjacking when he was 17, and also the fact that he came to the St. Croix reservation from Detroit, sold crack cocaine, and preyed on a vulnerable population.

With the sentencing, 22 defendants have now been sentenced as a result of this investigation into drug dealing on St. Croix tribal lands.

Sinnott stated that the 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.

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

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