Fifth Defendant in Felony Heroin Bust Sentenced
Stevens Point woman to serve 11 and a half years in prison
City Times Staff
A Stevens Point woman has been sentenced for her part in a heroin distribution ring which was busted last year.
Tiffany A. Bell, 25, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 138 months in federal prison for distributing heroin. Bell pleaded guilty to this offense on January 5, 2016.
Bell is the fifth defendant sentenced by Conley in connection with an investigation by the Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force and Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.
On Jan. 14, Cody Thompson was sentenced to 30 months for distributing heroin; on Jan. 21, Megan Pray Genett was sentenced to 24 months for distributing heroin; on Feb. 2, Marguerite Tompkins was sentenced to 60 months for conspiring to distribute heroin; and on March 8, Kristy Dietel was sentenced to 36 months for conspiring to distribute heroin.
Two other defendants — Hannah Hovick and Gregory Richardson — have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to related heroin trafficking offenses and are awaiting sentencing.
A related Jan. 27 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. Each is charged with distributing heroin or possessing heroin with the intent to distribute. Their trial is scheduled for July 25.
“Wisconsin, along with the rest of the nation, does not flinch from facing the opiate public health crisis,” said John Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. “Many in the medical profession, in the criminal justice system and in local communities, have crucial roles to play in addressing this crisis. That response will also include vigorous prosecution of those – like Bell – who sell drugs for profit to those suffering from addiction”
The prosecution of these cases is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.