Wisconsin Rapids man sentenced to 6 years on meth charges

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – A Wisconsin Rapids man was sentenced to six years in prison today for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute after pleading guilty to this charge on Aug. 3, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Timothy M. O’Shea announced that Doua Moua, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley after an officer pulled him over on Dec. 10, 2020 for a cracked windshield and reckless driving.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department officer said that Moua and his passenger, Zakaree Stelzer, both had active state arrest warrants. Officers searched Moua’s car and found a toolbox in the trunk that contained over a pound of methamphetamine.

During post-arrest interviews, Moua and Stelzer admitted to buying the methamphetamine together in the Twin Cities. Moua and Stelzer both said that they intended to sell the methamphetamine in the Wisconsin Rapids area.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Conley noted that Moua was on active state supervision at the time of his arrest for a prior conviction for methamphetamine trafficking.  Moua was released from prison less than a year before he was arrested in Buffalo County and his drug trafficking was “escalating.”

Moua’s previous three-year prison sentence for methamphetamine trafficking failed to deter him from selling methamphetamine.

Stelzer pleaded guilty on Aug. 26, 2021 to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and will be sentenced by Judge Conley on Nov. 22, 2021.

The charge against Moua was a result of an investigation conducted by the West Central Drug Task Force, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department, Mondovi Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner handled the prosecution.