2 Minnesotans sentenced for conspiring to deliver meth in Prairie du Chien
MADISON, Wis. – Two Minnesotans have been sentenced in U.S. District Court of Wisconsin for conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in August of 2019 in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Denise Kraimer, 27, Columbia Heights, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 1, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. Jeffrey Costillo, 33, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 8, was sentenced to 84 months in prison on Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge William M. Conley also sentenced Kraimer and Costillo to four years of supervised release upon their release from prison.
On August 13, 2019, law enforcement officers worked with a confidential informant to set up the purchase of about 3 ounces of methamphetamine from Kraimer, according to a court news release. The confidential informant had bought methamphetamine from Kraimer in the past and said she was usually accompanied by a male.
Kraimer agreed to drive from Minnesota to Prairie du Chien to complete the sale of methamphetamine.
Early on the morning of Aug. 14, 2019, Kraimer and Costillo parked their car at the location agreed upon with the confidential informant.
Law enforcement officers swooped in and searched their car. Inside the glove compartment, officers located two clear plastic bags that contained more than 107 grams of methamphetamine, according to the news release. Drug paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking also was in the glove box.
When police interviewed Kraimer, she denied any involvement in drug trafficking. However, a search of her Facebook account revealed conversations involving her setting up sales of methamphetamine, with quantities up to a quarter pound.
Costillo claimed to be there more as Kraimer’s bodyguard, though he admitted to knowing they had a large quantity of methamphetamine with them that they were going to sell.
The charge against Costillo and Kraimer was the result of an investigation conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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