Rhinelander man to spend six years in prison on federal drug charges
A Rhinelander man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Lee Hueckstaedt, 32, pleaded guilty to the charge in 2017 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Hueckstaedt was a large-scale oxycodone dealer in the Eagle River and Rhinelander areas. An investigation revealed that from 2015-16, Hueckstaedt would travel to Milwaukee to pick up approximately 2,900 oxycodone 30 mg pills that had been prescribed by medical professionals to others involved in the drug-selling chain.
Hueckstaedt said he asked his oxydodone customers to refer to him as “Mr. White” or “Ghost.”
During sentencing, United States District Court Judge Pamela Pepper stated the offense was very serious because of the problems that opioids cause, including overdose deaths and addiction.
Hueckstaedt faced 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The listed agencies involved in the investigation include the Minocqua Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, Vilas County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency – Milwaukee (Tactical Division Squad).