MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Travis Johnson, 32, Gays Mills, Wisconsin pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 78 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
On November 10, 2019, a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy saw an SUV being driven erratically in the village of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. The SUV eventually stopped on a side street, and the driver got out and walked away, leaving the driver’s side door slightly open. As the deputy pulled up behind the SUV, he saw the driver attempt to hide on a patio of a nearby residence. When the deputy got out of his squad car, the driver left his hiding place and walked towards the deputy. The deputy identified the driver as Travis Johnson, a person who was on extended supervision for drug-related charges.
The deputy searched Johnson’s SUV and found several grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, a digital scale coated in white residue, hypodermic needles, and gem baggies. The deputy then searched the patio where he originally saw Johnson hiding, and found a large plastic bag that contained 162 grams of methamphetamine.
The charge against Johnson was the result of an investigation conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick M. Elgersma.