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California man pleads guilty to federal drug charges in WisconsinSubmitted: 12/15/2017
California man pleads guilty to federal drug charges in Wisconsin
Story By Newswatch 12 News Team

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.

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