BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Three Wisconsinites were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on drug crimes after a Beaver Dam trucking business was searched last year, according to a release.
John W. Vaudreuil, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, said in a news release that Michael Marks, 46; William Marks, 44, of Columbus; and Hope Kissinger, 34, of Eau Claire, possessed and dealt methamphetamine in November.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said Michael Marks was arrested on Nov. 17 following a traffic stop and search at Marks' Family Trucking on East Burnette Street in Beaver Dam.
In a news release Thursday, Sheriff Dale Schmidt called it a "major arrest" and said it should be a message to drug dealers that law enforcement is "taking a stand against ... dangerous drugs."
"We believe that this person was heavily involved in distributing it to others within the community," Schmidt said Thursday in an interview with News 3. "It's always a good thing to take a dealer out of the community and remove that temptation of others to go and buy from him."
Schmidt said he was unable to elaborate on what role the trucking company may have had in the possession or distribution of the drugs.
Kissinger was arrested Wednesday in Eau Claire. Michael Marks was arrested three months earlier in Beaver Dam.
"It is our intent to continue putting the pressure on illicit drug dealers in an effort to protect our community and to keep our families and loved ones safe," Schmidt wrote.
After Michael Marks’ arrest, the case was turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The indictment charged Michael Marks with attempting to possess 50 grams of more of meth on Nov. 17. William Marks is charged with distributing at least 50 grams, or about 1.7 ounces, of meth on Nov. 6, and distributing meth on Nov. 9.
Kissinger is charged with possessing meth Nov. 9 with the intent to distribute it, and with distributing meth on Nov. 10, according to the indictment.
Michael Marks and William Marks are cousins. William Marks wasn't in custody Thursday, officials said. His initial appearance hadn't been set.
Vaudreuil's office said Michael Marks and William Marks each face a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison. William Marks also faces 20 years in prison on the Nov. 9 distribution charge. Kissinger faces 20 years in federal prison on each of the charges against her.
Vaudreuil's office notes Michael Marks is from Juneau but the Dodge County Sheriff's Office notes he's from Beaver Dam.
Marks' Family Trucking was still open as of Thursday night. News 3 reached the business by telephone in an effort to get its response to the federal allegations; a representative said the company had no comment.
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