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Eau Claire man sentenced to 32 months for marijuana conspiracy

MADISON — Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jason Weller, 34, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was sentenced April 2 by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 32 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.  Weller pleaded guilty to this charge on March 28, 2017. 

During the course of an investigation of a marijuana conspiracy operating in the Eau Claire area, officers became aware of Weller’s involvement.  As part of that investigation, officers executed a search warrant at Weller’s residence on December 28, 2015 and recovered 22 pounds of marijuana.  Weller was arrested at that time. 

In an interview with police officers after his arrest, Weller admitted that he purchased large amounts of marijuana from co-defendant Blake Handrick on multiple occasions during the fall of 2015, including a 45-pound purchase shortly before his arrest.  At the sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson recognized that Weller was a high volume participant in a high volume marijuana conspiracy.  

Handrick has pleaded guilty to participating in this conspiracy.  He will be sentenced on May 3, 2018.

The charges against Weller were the result of an investigation conducted by the Eau Claire Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.