A 69-year-old California woman was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine to the Red Cliff Reservation outside Bayfield.

Rita Witter, 69, of Fremont, Calif., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday at the federal courthouse in Madison, said a Department of Justice news release on Monday.

Witter conspired with others, including her son, to traffic methamphetamine to the Red Cliff Reservation.

According to the news release, while the conspiracy was ongoing for approximately one year, Witter did not join until the final six months. During that time, she shipped four or five packages containing substantial amounts of methamphetamine to the Red Cliff Reservation. Judge William M. Conley described Witter as knowingly fueling the addiction of untold others in the small Red Cliff community.

Witter and three other individuals were charged for their roles in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. All have pleaded guilty and Witter is the second to be sentenced. Simon Sayers was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. Ryan Witter, Rita Witter’s son, is scheduled to be sentenced March 20, and Tyrone Butterfield’s sentencing is scheduled for April 3.

The charge against Witter was the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Cliff Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration in Wisconsin and California, Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department and the Fremont (Calif.) Police Department.

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