MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lucas Carpenter, 36, La Crosse, Wisconsin was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 84 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine. Carpenter pleaded guilty to this charge on October 23, 2020.
Carpenter supplied methamphetamine to an associate, and on November 15, 2019, the associate agreed to sell a law enforcement confidential informant 57 grams of methamphetamine in exchange for $1,700. The associate directed the confidential informant to a parking lot in La Crosse where the transaction was scheduled to take place and warned the confidential informant that Carpenter would be in the area watching the transaction.
At the conclusion of the drug deal, law enforcement officers stopped Carpenter as he backed out of a parking stall. When officers approached him, they observed a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance next to the defendant in plain view. Officers detained the defendant and searched around the car using a trained law-enforcement dog. The dog alerted to the presence of drugs, allowing officers to lawfully search the car, where they seized an additional 13 grams of methamphetamine, and arrested Carpenter.
During an interview, the associate admitted that Carpenter supplied the methamphetamine for the drug sale and also said that Carpenter watched the transaction because he wanted to meet up with the associate afterwards in order to get paid. Charges against Carpenter’s associate were dismissed after the associate was found dead.
The charge against Carpenter was the result of an investigation conducted by the Prairie du Chien Police Department and La Crosse West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick M. Elgersma.