After entering guilty pleas in June, three men were sentenced for their role in a drug trafficking organization operating on the Menominee Indian Reservation.
On Aug. 15, Austin A. Kaquatosh, 24, was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release.
On Aug. 30 Mitchell E. Oshkosh, 31, was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by 48 months of supervised release.
On Sept. 8, Woody Nahquaddy, 34, was sentenced 42 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release.
At Nahquaddy’s sentencing hearing, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the roles each man played among a larger group, observing that Nahquaddy was “the major player” in the case.
The three men were convicted for conspiring and distributing large amounts of synthetic cannabinoids, referred to as “Ish” around the Menominee Indian Reservation.
They would obtain the drugs from Milwaukee several times a week, purchasing as much as two pounds per trip over a year’s time. The men would spend anywhere from $2,000 – $2,500 where the drugs would be repackaged for distribution around Keshena and Neopit.
Since that time, abuse of synthetic cannabinoids on the Menominee Indian Reservation has become a public health crisis.