SAWYER COUNTY — A man was sentenced on August 26 to serve prison time on his conviction for charges stemming from a 3 month long drug investigation in Sawyer County that started in September 2018.
Samoeun Moeuth, of Minneapolis, MN, was arrested and charged in Sawyer County Circuit Court in November 2018 following an investigation conducted jointly between Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Hayward Police Department, the LCO Tribal Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) into the distribution of Methamphetamine in Sawyer County.
DrydenWire.com reported on November 5, 2018, that Samoeun Moeuth and Cecily Vitek had been arrested and were facing charges including Felony Possession With Intent to Distribute (>50g) of Methamphetamine.
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On November 2, 2018, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle in the Village of Radisson. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Samoeun Moeuth, and the passenger in the vehicle was identified as Cecily Vitek. The vehicle was searched, and officers located 86.8 grams of Methamphetamine, a digital scale and $500 dollars in cash.
This followed an investigation that began in September 2018 during which law enforcement received information multiple times that individuals within Sawyer County had obtained methamphetamine from Moeuth.
Moeuth was charged with Class C Felony Conspiracy to Commit Manuf/Deliver Amphetamine(>50g), Class C Felony Possess w/Intent-Amphetamine (>50g), Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and 2 counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All charges against Moeuth were filed with a penalty enhancer for a repeat offender.
At a hearing in February 2019, Moeuth entered a plea of Guilty to his charge of Class C Felony Conspiracy to Commit Manuf/Deliver Amphetamine(>50g). The remaining charges against him were dismissed but read in, according to online circuit court records.
Moeuth appeared on August 26 for a sentencing hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court, and the Hon. John Yackel ordered a 24 year sentence; 12 years of initial confinement in Wisconsin State Prison to be followed by 12 years of Extended Supervision. Moeuth received credit for 299 days already served. Conditions of his extended supervision will require him to comply with any counseling the Department of Corrections may impose.
Cecily Vitek, of So. St. Paul, MN, was charged with Class C Felony Possess w/Intent-Amphetamine (>50g) Party to a Crime. Vitek is scheduled to have another hearing on her charges in September 2019.
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