On July 12, 2017, a Federal Grand Jury in the Western District of Wisconsin returned indictments against Mark W. Lewis, age 55, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Lewis is charged with two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The indictment alleges that on August 12, 2016 he possessed methamphetamine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in Washburn County. Lewis was stopped by Washburn County Deputies, assisted by a Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team.
The indictment further alleges that on September 21, 2016, he possessed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Sawyer County after being stopped by Sawyer County Deputies in the Town of Sand Lake.
If convicted, Lewis faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the first drug charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years on the charge alleging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces a mandatory penalty of five years on the possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charge. Federal law requires that this penalty be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the drug charge.
The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Washburn and Sawyer County Sheriff’s Departments, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Reinhard.
Sheriff Mark Kelsey