GREEN BAY - Nine people have been arrested for their roles in heroin distribution in Marinette County, Brown County and Menominee, announced U.S Attorney James L. Santelle of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Santelle has filed a criminal complaint alleging the suspects were involved with the distribution of heroin.
Brian L. King, 55, of Chicago was charged with distribution of heroin while eight other defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribution heroin.
Those defendants include Andrea M. Paris (nee Addington), 29, of Marinette; Taira M. Zimmerman, 23, of Marinette; Shawn A. Klatt, 33, of Marinette; Karen A. Sanchez, 38, of Marinette; Gerald F. Pichette, 50, of Green Bay; Michael D. Peak, 40, of Menominee; Donald M. Myers, 41, of Menominee; and Eric E. Ebbole, 42, of Menominee.
According to charging documents it is alleged that King is responsible for the distribution of more than 500 grams of heroin in the Marinette, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., and Menominee, Mich., areas. The others charged in the complaint are alleged to have conspired to fund, purchase, transport, distribute, and sell large amounts of heroin in northeast Wisconsin and Menominee, Santelle said.
If convicted each defendant, faces a maximum penalty of between 5 and 40 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $5,000,000, a $100 special assessment, and between 4 years to life on supervised release.
This case was a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Milwaukee and Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs, the Marinette County Sheriff's Department, the Brown County Sheriff's Department, the Marinette Police Department, the Menominee County Michigan Sheriff's Department and the Menominee Michigan Police Department.
It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Humble.