MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tang Vue, 35, La Crosse, Wisconsin was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 60 months in federal prison for distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and another 18 consecutive months in prison for violating the terms of his federal supervised release. Vue pleaded guilty to the methamphetamine trafficking charge on May 18, 2021.
On January 29 and February 3, 2021, a police informant purchased methamphetamine from Vue. Immediately after the second drug buy, police detectives followed Vue to a restaurant in La Crosse and arrested him. A search of Vue’s backpack uncovered $12,720 and a drug ledger—which indicated that some of Vue’s drug customers owed him thousands of dollars. Also, a search of Vue’s home revealed thousands of empty gem bags, commonly used to package methamphetamine.
In sentencing Vue, Judge Conley emphasized that Vue’s conduct in this case was egregious, especially since he was on supervised release for a 2012 federal methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
The charge against Vue was the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.