Rice Lake Man Sentenced to 48 Months for Possessing Methamphetamine
MADISON, WIS. -- Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mark W. Lewis, 57, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, was sentenced on October 26 by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 48 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Lewis pleaded guilty to this charge on July 20, 2018.
Lewis was arrested twice while operating a vehicle in the summer of 2016 with quantities of methamphetamine. During one of these arrests, he possessed a loaded firearm.
Judge Peterson found that Lewis was responsible for over 98 grams of methamphetamine. Judge Peterson noted that this was a serious crime and the substantial term of imprisonment is necessary to deter the defendant, to send a message to society, and to protect the public from drug dealers.
The charge against Lewis was the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Washburn and Sawyer County Sheriffs’ Departments. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren Halverson.