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Bayfield man goes to prison on federal meth charges

A 42-year-old Bayfield man pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

The outcome for Simon Sayers was announced by Scott C. Blader, United States attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, in a news release on Wednesday.

Sayers’ role in the conspiracy included wiring money to the California source of methamphetamine and accepting packages of methamphetamine in the mail. Sayers also distributed methamphetamine for a profit.

Judge Conley stated he almost exclusively distributed methamphetamine on the Red Cliff Reservation. The amount of methamphetamine attributable to Sayers was approximately 756 grams, which Judge Conley described as a conservative estimate.

Sayers and three other individuals were charged for their roles in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Tyrone Butterfield, Ryan Witter, and Rita Witter are scheduled to go to trial before Judge Conley on Jan. 14, 2019. Rita Witter and Ryan Witter are mother and son.

The charge against Sayers 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 — Madison, Wis., and Fremont, Calif., Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and the Fremont (Calif.) Police Department. The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diane Schlipper and Darren Halverson.