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2 sentenced for distributing oxycodone in La Crosse area

Riel, Dettman used stuffed animals in oxycodone case

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) - Two people from the La Crosse area were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday for conspiracy to possess oxycodone with the intent to distribute, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Ed Riel, 46, of Onalaska, and Jan Dettmann, 56, of La Crosse, pleaded guilty to the charge on November 13, 2013. Riel was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Dettman was sentenced to 14 months.

Investigators determined $354,208.71 was wired via MoneyGram for oxycodone pills. After payment was made for the pills, Riel and Dettmann sent various individuals via Federal Express in stuffed animals (mostly Beanie Babies), according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Investigators discovered about 39,556 pills were purchased.

Erica Litscheim, of La Crosse, was also part of the case. She was previously sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison.

The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department worked with the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration on this case. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Munisha Sharda.

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