News Release
Date: January 12, 2012
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Four-Plus Year Prison Term for Member of Minnesota to Wisconsin Marijuana Conspiracy

MADISON, Wis. – Scott Schwanke, 30, Rochester, Minn., was sentenced on Tuesday, January 10, to 50 months in federal prison. The sentence, without the possibility of parole, was imposed by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb after Schwanke’s September 8, 2011 guilty plea for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The prison term will be followed by four years of supervised release.

Schwanke admitted in the plea agreement that he was a drug transporter for Robert Michener, who was a source for large amounts of marijuana distributed by multiple individuals in Wisconsin. Schwanke assisted Michener by transporting loads of marijuana and drug proceeds between Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Michener previously received a 151 month (12+ years) prison term for his involvement. Corey Irvin-Anderson, 26, Minneapolis; Graham Plumhoff, 26, Minneapolis; and Charles Schmitt, 25, La Crosse, Wis., were other members of the drug conspiracy. Schmitt and Plumhoff were previously sentenced to 30 months in prison and Irvin-Anderson was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

One of Michener's distributors in Milwaukee made more than $120,000 selling marijuana provided to him by Michener and this money has been seized by the government. Prior to prosecution, Schwanke fled to the Philippines, where he stayed for approximately four years. He was arrested there on April 17, 2011, and brought to Madison for prosecution.

The charges against these defendants were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, and La Crosse Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

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