MADISON - A drug distributor from California hoped to flood northern Wisconsin with meth to create more addicts. Now, Marcos Castaneda faces life in federal prison.
Castaneda, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in Madison for providing nearly $6 million of meth between 2013 and 2016.
A released from the U.S. Department of Justice says Castaneda had a network of dealers in places like Wausau, Merrill, and Medford. Castaneda would transport the meth from Pomona, California to Minneaplois. Then, drivers would hide the drugs in coolers and drive rental cars to various communities in Wisconsin.
Sales jumped in late 2015, when trafficking increased to two to three pounds per week. The total street value of the drugs was $5.7 million.
Nineteen other defendants in Castaneda's network already pleaded guilty to federal charges. The harshest sentence for those defendants was 18 years in prison.
Castaneda will be sentenced in February. He faces up to life with a minimum of 10 years in prison.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
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