7 people from eastern Wisconsin charged with meth distribution, firearms, and kidnapping

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Seven people from eastern Wisconsin have been indicted by a federal grand jury on methamphetamine distribution, firearms and kidnapping charges.

According to the US Department of Justice, the indictment alleges that Levester Brown, 33 of Milwuakke; Christopher Maccani, 37 of Green Bay; Jimmy Desotell, 25 of Green Bay; Christopher Champine, 35 of Green Bay; Umero Saldana, Jr., 39 of Green Bay; and Rayn Pieper, 33 of De Pere were involved in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Maccani, Desotell, Champine, and Saldana Jr. are also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Champine and Joshua Sepulveda, 34 of Denmark, are charged with kidnapping of an unnamed individual. The indictment further charges the two with brandishing a firearm during the kidnapping.

Brown and Pieper face mandatory 10-year prison sentence with a lifetime prison sentence possible; a $10 million fine and between 5 years and a lifetime of supervised release.

Maccani, Desotell, and Saldana Jr. face a mandatory 15 years of imprisonment to up to a lifetime, more than $10 million in fines, and between 5 years and a lifetime on supervision.

Sepulveda faces a mandatory 7 years in prison to up to a lifetime, a $250,000 fine, and up to 5 years on supervised release.

If convicted on all counts, Champine faces a mandatory 42 years in prison to up to a lifetime, more than $10 million in fines, and between 5 years and a lifetime of supervised release.

The Brown County Drug Task Force is among the multiple state agencies involved in the investigation.