A Wausau man will soon be reporting to prison for illegal narcotics trafficking.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin announced the conviction of Jacob A. Willox, 28, of charges related to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute Tuesday. Willox will serve 12 years followed by five years of supervised release.

According to the statement put out by Timothy M. O’Shea’s office, the process which led to Willox’s conviction began after a confidential informant purchased product from him in May 2020. During this transaction Willox indicated he had 12 further ounces for sale and in October of the year officers were able to arrest him at a residence where he attempted to flush additional methamphetamine down a sink. Some of it was recovered and about $30,000 in proceeds from drug dealing, brass knuckles and a magazine from a firearm were also found.

At sentencing Judge William M. Conley noted his verdict was appropriate given the issue of addiction in the community and Willox’s need for rehabilitation given his history of drug addiction. The charges were the result of collaboration between the Central Wisconsin Narcotics Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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