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Man sentenced to prison on drug and weapons charges after arrest near Rhinelander


A man arrested in the Rhinelander area will go to federal prison for seven years on gun and drug charges.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin says 32-year-old Dewayne Veasy of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was sentenced Thursday in federal court

He was convicted of possession cocaine with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm as a felon.

Veasy pled guilty to the charges on June 28, 2021.

The charges in this case stem from Veasy’s arrest near Rhinelander, Wisconsin on July 2nd of 2020.

Deputies with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office stopped the van in which Veasy was a passenger after a 911 caller reported Veasy had robbed her during an earlier methamphetamine sale.

Police found Veasy was in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin laced with fentanyl, and a nine millimeter handgun.

Veasy later admitted to traveling around northern Wisconsin to sell drugs and admitted to selling methamphetamine to the 911 caller.

Veasy was federally prohibited from possessing a firearm because of prior state felony convictions for armed robbery and cocaine distribution.

John Burton is the WXPR Morning Edition Host.
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