Minocqua Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Oxy Distribution
MINOCQUA, WI (WSAU-WAOW) A Minocqua man was sentenced to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing oxycodone.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, 36-year-old Lance Bruette traveled with co-conspirators from Oneida and Vilas Counties to Milwaukee to pick up “at least 289,140 mg tablets of oxycodone and then sell them in northern Wisconsin.”
Bruette was the ring-leader, recruiting others to sell in certain areas. “The defendant’s greed led him to exploit countless individuals’ addictions to opioids,” said U.S. Attorney Krueger. “This case shows that trafficking in pills is no less serious than trafficking in illicit opioids like heroin. We commend the outstanding collaboration by federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to shut down this illegal flow of opioids.”
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation on this case, along with the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minocqua Police Department, the Rhinelander Police Department, and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group.