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Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Distributing Methamphetamine in Marathon County

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

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Anthony Anderson, 40, Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 10 years in prison for distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Anderson pleaded guilty to this charge on January 20, 2023. 

In August of 2021, law enforcement agents began a drug investigation into Anderson.  On March 9, 2022, Anderson provided a confidential informant one ounce of methamphetamine in Wausau, Wisconsin.  The following day, the informant met with Anderson and paid him $450 for the methamphetamine.  After receiving the money, Anderson provided the informant an additional ounce of methamphetamine.

On August 1, 2022, at the direction of law enforcement, a second confidential informant contacted Anderson to arrange for the purchase of 10 ounces of methamphetamine.  Later that day, Anderson met with the confidential informant in Wausau and sold them 10 ounces of methamphetamine in exchange for $4,200. 

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson concluded that a significant sentence was warranted because Anderson had an extensive criminal history including two prior drug trafficking convictions.  Judge Peterson also noted that the large quantity of methamphetamine sold by Anderson demonstrated that his overall level of drug trafficking had increased from the time of his prior convictions.

The charge against Anderson is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Central Wisconsin Narcotics Task Force comprised of investigators from the FBI, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Wausau Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Everest Metro Police Department, and Wisconsin’s National Guard Counterdrug Program.  The Marathon County District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance.  The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.

Updated May 25, 2023

Drug Trafficking