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Probation given over mailed pills

Police: Alprazolam then sold for profit

An Eau Claire man will spend three years on probation for his role in the mailing of thousands of prescription pills to a residence.

The pills were then sold for a profit, police said.

Maxwell M. Stuckert, 20, 505 S. Barstow St. pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance.

Judge Michael Schumacher fined Stuckert $518.

As conditions of probation, Stuckert must maintain absolute sobriety and not have contact with known drug dealers or users.

Co-defendant Andrew A. Castro, 19, 4312 Crest Court, was sentenced in April to four years of probation.

Co-defendant Jacob R. Brunette, 20, 1615 Lyndale Ave., has a plea and sentencing hearing scheduled for July 6.  

According to the criminal complaint:

The West Central Drug Task Force received information in November that a package addressed to Castro was intercepted in New York by Customs and Border Protection agents.

The package contained 5,070 alprazolam pills, a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Authorities arranged to have the delivery made, which they monitored.

Authorities learned the Crest Court address was occupied by Castro’s mother, who said Castro was actually living in an apartment on Barstow Street.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Castro’s apartment and found an additional 1,100 pills of alprazolam as well as packaging materials and shipping labels.

Stuckert told authorities he has lived with Castro since June 2017 and that Castro pays him $1,000 a month to keep his mouth shut.

Stuckert said Castro was smart with computers and used bitcoin to make online purchases of alprazolam from the “dark web.”

Stuckert said Castro had made purchases of up to 20,000 alprazolam pills at one time.

Stuckert said Castro would pay 40 cents per pill and then sell 1,000 pills for $1,400.

Stuckert said he believed Castro and Brunette had combined their money to order 20,000 alprazolam pills in the past.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com


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