MADISON – Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kevin J. Bell, 41, Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced Thursday, October 7, 2021 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 8 years in federal prison for distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. This term of prison will be followed by 4 years of supervised release. Bell pleaded guilty to this charge on July 14, 2021.
On October 16, 2020, West Central Drug Task Force officers purchased over 53 grams of methamphetamine from Bell through a confidential informant in Eau Claire.
On December 1, 2020, officers again purchased methamphetamine, this time roughly 13 grams, from Bell through a confidential informant in Eau Claire.
At the time of these incidents, Bell was on state supervision for four separate prior cases related to trafficking methamphetamine. His supervision in those cases was revoked and he is currently serving a state prison sentence with an expected release date of March 4, 2027. Judge Conley ordered this federal sentence to run concurrently with the state prison sentence.
In imposing the sentencing, Judge Conley highlighted Bell’s lengthy criminal history and continued involvement in drug trafficking, saying it was unacceptable and merited a significant sentence. Judge Conley noted that Bell’s history of selling drugs contributed to other addicts’ downfalls.
The charge against Bell was the result of an investigation conducted by the West Central Drug Task Force, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, and Eau Claire County Sheriffs’ Departments, Eau Claire Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Anderson prosecuted this case.