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La Crosse Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charge

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

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Eric Sobek, 47, La Crosse, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to seven years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.   Sobek pleaded guilty to this charge on February 19, 2020.

On September 17, 2019, officers from the La Crosse Police Department arrested Sobek outside of a hotel in Onalaska, Wisconsin.  When officers searched Sobek’s car, they found a safe that contained 233 grams of methamphetamine; a .226 Sig Sauer pellet gun designed to resemble a firearm; a high-capacity 9 mm magazine; and a crossbow with three bolts.  Officers also searched Sobek’s backpack and hotel room, where they found an additional 23 grams of methamphetamine.  In total, officers seized 256 grams of methamphetamine.

During sentencing, Judge Conley highlighted Sobek’s extensive criminal record, as well as his history of domestic violence. 

The charge against Sobek was the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department and the Onalaska Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick M. Elgersma handled the prosecution of the case. 

Updated May 27, 2020

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