Tyrone Butterfield


MADISON– Tyrone Butterfield, 39, Red Cliff, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on April 3 by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 14 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine.

The amount of methamphetamine attributable to Butterfield was approximately 680 grams, which Conley described as a conservative estimate. Butterfield conspired with others, including Ryan Witter, who he met when they were in prison together.

Butterfield arranged for the shipment of numerous packages of methamphetamine from sources in California to Bayfield. At Butterfield’s direction, several of his associates wired money to California and accepted packages of methamphetamine on his behalf. Almost all of the methamphetamine was distributed into the Red Cliff Reservation.

When imposing the sentence, the court considered Butterfield’s role as a manager or supervisor of the drug conspiracy and also his use of his residence for distributing methamphetamine.

Tyrone Butterfield and three other individuals were charged for their roles in the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Butterfield is the last to plead and be sentenced. Simon Sayers was sentenced to 90 months for his role in the conspiracy. Rita Witter was sentenced to three years, and her son Ryan Witter was sentenced to 126 months.

The charge against Butterfield 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 (California) Police Department.

Prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper.

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