Seven men indicted for drug trafficking and firearms offenses in Fox Valley region
Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on December 19, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against seven individuals allegedly involved in drug trafficking in the Fox Valley area of Northeastern Wisconsin. The indictment named the following individuals:
- Robert Losse, 34, Menasha, Wisconsin
- Lee Carter, 38, Fox Lake, Wisconsin
- Craig Hannemann, 34, Appleton, Wisconsin
- Joshua Murphy, 38, Bruce, Wisconsin
- Zachary Dittmer, 23, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
- Andrew Thede, 30, Appleton, Wisconsin
- Anthony Cabrera-Santiago, 30, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
All seven are charged in Count One with Conspiracy to Distribute Greater Than 500 Grams of Methamphetamine in violation of Title 21 United States Code Section 846. Each defendant faces a sentence on this count of a minimum of 10 years, and up to life, in prison; up to a $10 Million fine; and between 5 years and a lifetime of supervised release. Losse, Carter, Thede and Cabrera-Santiago also face charges of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime in violation of Title 18 United States Code Section 924(c). This charge has a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 5 years, and up to life in prison; up to a $250,000 fine; and up to 5 years of supervised release. Additional drug charges were issued against Carter, Hannemann, Thede, and Cabrera-Santiago.
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired amongst themselves and with others to obtain and distribute methamphetamine in the Fox Valley area of Northeastern Wisconsin.
The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group – Drug Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office, Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office, and Calumet County District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.