Minnesota Man Pheng Yang Sentenced to More than 5 Years for Distributing Methamphetamine in Eau Claire

Madison, Wis. (STL.News) – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Pheng Yang, 29, St. Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 5½ years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin area between January 2018 and February 2019.  On July 12, 2019, Yang pleaded guilty to possessing 500 or more grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Yang was arrested on February 4, 2019, during his attempted delivery of over 900 grams of methamphetamine to an informant in Eau Claire.  At the sentencing, Judge Conley noted that notwithstanding the defendant’s lack of criminal history and addiction issues, he made a calculated decision to distribute more than 3 kilograms of methamphetamine into the Eau Claire area, which warranted a significant sentence.

The charge against the defendant was the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Central Drug Task Force, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.  The United States also recognizes the assistance of the Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Duchemin.