Superseding indictment against Milwaukee heroin sources unsealed
For the City Times
John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, has announced Marguerite “Beth” Tompkins, 24 of Stevens Point, was sentenced on Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to five years in prison for conspiring to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.
Tompkins pleaded guilty to this offense on Nov. 20, 2015.
Tompkins is the third defendant sentenced in connection with the heroin investigation spearheaded by the Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force. In January 2016, Judge Conley sentenced Cody Thompson, 24, New Hope Township, to 30 months in prison and 21-year-old Megan Pray Genett, of Belmont Township, to 24 months in prison, both for distributing heroin.
“We face the public health crisis of opiate addiction,” said United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil. “Many in the medical profession, in the criminal justice system and in local communities have important roles to play in addressing this crisis. Part of that response must be the vigorous prosecution of those like Tompkins who feed the addictions of others for financial gain.”
Vaudreuil said his office would continue to work with the Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force and other law enforcement partners to stem the spread of opiate addiction.
Four other defendants have pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking offenses related to this investigation and are awaiting sentencing: Tiffany Bell, 25, Plover, Wis.; Kristy Dietel, 35, Stevens Point, Wis.; Hannah Hovick, 24, Marshfield, Wis.; and Gregory Richardson, 26, Plover.
In connection with this same investigation, a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Jan. 27 is now unsealed.
The indictment charges four Milwaukee men-Hurley C. Jackson, 33; Terrance D. Jackson, 29; Charles D. Hall, 31; and DeWight S. Williams, 37-with conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin. All face at least ten years in prison, with a maximum of life in prison, on the conspiracy charge.
The indictment alleges the defendants transported heroin to Central Wisconsin from Milwaukee and Chicago, used heroin addicts to “test” heroin intended for distribution, and used addicts and other persons to distribute heroin.
The prosecution of these cases is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.