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Five Green Bay residents sentenced for meth and gun charges

Posted: 3:36 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 17:19:05-04
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GREEN BAY — Five people from Green Bay have been sentenced to prison on charges of dealing meth and possessing guns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of Eastern District of Wisconsin.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, a judge recently sentenced the five after they entered guilty pleas to the charge of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The five sentenced have been identified as: Konkapot Betz, John Otto, Alex Pociopa, Cole Rittenhouse and Mariah Becker.

The sentences for Betz and Otto were also based in part on their possession of firearms.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the case began on November 10, 2018, when Ashwaubenon Police went to an apartment to serve arrest warrants on Pociopa and Becker. Both ran into the apartment to hide. When law enforcement entered the place, Rittenhouse and Betz were found hiding in a bedroom. The U.S. Attorney's Office said a search of the bedroom revealed two handguns, $1,178 in U.S. currency, two digital scales, and a baggie containing 426 gabapentin pills. Elsewhere in the apartment, law enforcement found a total of 60 grams of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement confirmed through text messages that that Betz sold methamphetamine and heroin to Pociopa, Becker, Rittenhouse, and others. The messages also identified John Otto as Betz’s supplier, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Konkapot Betz was sentenced to 12 years’ prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. John Otto was sentenced to 10 years’ prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Alex Pociopa was sentenced to 64 months’ prison, followed by 8 years of supervised release. Cole Rittenhouse was sentenced to 10 years’ prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Mariah Becker was sentenced to 5 years’ prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.