MADISON, Wis. (DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE) -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lang Thao, 33, and Kyrie Tetzlaff, 28, both of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, were sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb for distributing methamphetamine. On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Judge Crabb sentenced Tetzlaff to four years in prison. Yesterday, July 24, 2014, Judge Crabb sentenced Thao to five years in prison. These sentences will be served without parole. This week’s sentence is Thao’s second federal conviction. In 2004, Judge Crabb sentenced Thao to 51 months in prison for methamphetamine distribution.
The grand jury indicted Thao and Tetzlaff on January 8, 2014. These cases, along with a June 4, 2014 indictment against Pa Xiong, 32, St. Paul, Minnesota, are part of an ongoing, joint initiative to combat methamphetamine distribution in Western Wisconsin. Xiong is scheduled to plead guilty before Judge Crabb at 1:20 pm on July 31, 2014.
These cases were the result of an investigation conducted by the West Central Drug Task Force and were coordinated with the Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office. United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated “Methamphetamine is a scourge on our society. It scrambles priorities, wrecks families, and disrupts communities. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and aggressively prosecute those dealers who spread the misery of methamphetamine addiction in Wisconsin.” The prosecution of these cases has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.