14th person sentenced in multi-state meth conspiracy

Five others to be sentenced in April and May
14th person sentenced in multi-state meth conspiracy

The fourteenth defendant involved in a methamphetamine trafficking scheme was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison, according to court officials.

Patrick Keenan, 30, of Wausau, was sentenced for his role in trafficking pure methamphetamine from the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to several communities in central Wisconsin, including Wausau and Eau Claire, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin said in a news release.

The release said the scheme operated from June 2013 to May 2016, and involved at least one pound of methamphetamine being brought from the Twin Cities to central Wisconsin each week. In total, at least 127 pounds of meth, valued at at least $5.7 million, were brought into the state, officials said.

Nineteen people have pleaded guilty for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Fourteen have been sentenced already, while the remaining five will be sentenced in the next two months. They range in age from 24 to 50, and all but three are from Wisconsin, the release said.