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Illinois Man Indicted on Methamphetamine Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on July 28, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Javier Vargas (age: 43) of Joliet, Illinois. 

The indictment alleges that Vargas possessed in excess of 50 grams of actual methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and 841(b)(1)(A).  “Actual” methamphetamine possesses a high level of purity and is commonly known as “crystal” or “ice.”  Vargas faces a minimum of ten years to life imprisonment, at least five years of supervised release, and up to a $10 million fine.

This case was investigated by the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit, Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, and Wisconsin State Patrol.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alexander E. Duros. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

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Updated July 29, 2020