Wisconsin Husband & Wife Charged with Drug Trafficking Crimes
MADISON, Wis. -- John G. McGarry, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and U.S. Attorney Timothy O'Shea for the Western District of Wisconsin announced that Depronce Burnett, 38, and Dominique Holsten, 34, both of Beloit, Wisconsin, who are husband and wife, are charged with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine. The indictment alleges that the conspiracy operated from Oct.1-27, 2021. They are also charged with maintaining a place in Beloit for the purpose of distributing cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Burnett and Holsten are also charged with two counts of distributing cocaine, two counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of possessing 500 grams or more of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of possessing 50 grams of more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and one count of possessing 40 grams or more of fentanyl with intent to distribute.
The indictment also charges Burnett with three counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
If convicted, Burnett and Holsten face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge and each of the charges alleging 500 grams or more of cocaine, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The other distribution charges, possession with intent to distribute charges, and charge of maintaining a place for drug distribution each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years.
The charges against Burnett and Holsten are the result of an investigation by the DEA, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Janesville and Beloit Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson is prosecuting the case.