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Woman gets over 10 years for attacking gov't witness in jail

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - A woman from Superior has been sentenced to just over 10 years in a federal prison, for attacking a jail inmate who was a government witness in the woman’s drug trafficking case.

Authorities said 23-year-old Veronique Muckle violently attacked Angelique Vos last August at the Sherburne County Jail in Minnesota. That was after Vos testified against Lawrence Colton for his role in the same drug ring in which Muckle participated.

At the time of the attack, Muckle was awaiting placement in a federal prison after being sentenced to almost four-and-a-half years in the drug case – which was among the largest in Duluth-Superior history.

Over three dozen people were charged in an operation that reportedly transported heroin and prescription drugs to the Twin Ports area. The arrests netted large amounts of drugs, as well as firearms and around $30,000.

Authorities started investigating in 2010 after they noticed a large increase in the trafficking of the prescription drug Opana in Wisconsin and Minnesota.