EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) - A year-long methamphetamine investigation in Eau Claire resulted in three people indicted by a federal grand jury and 17 additional arrests for their role in the distribution of meth in the Eau Claire area.
Eau Claire police said the West Central Drug Task Force (WCDTF) identified Pa Houa Xiong as a primary provider of meth in the Chippewa Valley. Investiagtors said Xiong transported large amounts of meth from the St. Paul/Minneapolis area into Eau Claire, which was then distributed to the city and surrounding communities.
Xiong was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 14 in Madison.
Investigators also determined Lang Thao and Kyrie L. Tetzlaff were working with Xiong in the distribution of large amounts of meth. Thao and Tetzlaff were also indicted by a federal grand jury in January 8, in Madison.
In addition, 17 people were arrested and charged with methamphetamine related offenses. Eau Claire police said they worked with Xiong, Thao and Tetzlaff to distribute meth. The 17 individuals have been charged in Eau Claire County, Dunn County, Chippewa County, St. Croix County, and Polk County. More arrests are expected.
A full listing of the charges related to this investigation is as follows:
Three Federal Indictments:
United States Attorney's Office:
- Pa Houa Xiong, 03/22/1982; Two counts Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, two counts Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine
- Lang Thao, 08/31/80; Four counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine.
- Kyrie L. Tetzlaff, 05/06/86; Two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine
Seventeen Additional Arrests:
Local District Attorney's Offices:
- Brian M. Begley, 02/05/1985; Possession Meth and Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Chippewa
- Aaron J. Blomberg, 05/13/1986; Delivery of Meth, Possession of Methamphetamine; Eau Claire
- Justine M. Casas, 05/13/1986; Three counts Possession Meth, two counts Possession Illegally Obtained Prescription, two counts Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Possession THC, and Possession of a Controlled Substance; Eau Claire
- Mao Chhuon, 09/06/1971; Possession of Meth and Possess Drug Paraphernalia; Dunn / St. Croix
- David K. Christner, 02/06/1982; Delivery of Meth, Possession w/Intent to Deliver Meth, Possession of Meth, three counts Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two counts Possession THC, Possession of Narcotic Drug, Possession of THC, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon; Chippewa / Eau Claire
- Scott W. Deraitus, 05/14/1974; Possession Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Chippewa
- Shawn D. Dwyer, 03/01/1980; Delivery of Methamphetamine; Chippewa
- Michael F. Gappa, 02/27/1985; Possession of Methamphetamine; Eau Claire
- Douglas Ka, 11/26/1991; Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, two counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner's Consent (OMVWOC), and Obstructing an Officer; Dunn / Eau Claire
- Nathan A. Markham, 01/28/1983; Possession Meth, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of THC, and OMVWOC; Chippewa / Dunn Eau Claire
- Jaicee K. Meier, 04/27/1984; Possession of Meth and Possession of Drug; Eau Claire
- Amber L. Montonya, 10/26/1989; Two counts Delivery of Meth, Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, Possession of an Imitation Controlled Substance, and three counts Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Eau Claire
- Aaron D. Nowak, 08/29/1988; Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Eau Claire
- Pamela J. Paulsrud, 08/25/1953; Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place; Eau Claire
- Danica J. Smith, 02/18/1984; Three counts Delivery of Meth and Possession of Meth; Chippewa / Eau Claire
- Nou Thao, 12/30/1986; Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Eau Claire
- Cory J. Vetterkind, 11/12/1978; Possession of Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Polk
"Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that ruins lives and families," Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Staniszewski said in a statement. "We have an obligation to seek out those who jeopardize the safety and quality of life we expect in Eau Claire. This is proof that we will relentlessly pursue drug traffickers in our community and hold them accountable."
"This case highlights the need for the long-term conspiracy type case to take as many dealers off the streets that are dealing methamphetamines our area. The addiction is still there with many of the people they supplied. Many of these subjects have been identified as being involved in a variety of different crimes like thefts, burglaries, and other types of criminal activity to feed their addiction," Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said in a statement.
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