Brookfield man faces multiple charges related to drugs, trafficking

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Ryan Petersen

Ryan Petersen

Ryan Petersen

WAUKESHA CO. (WITI) — A 21-year-old Brookfield man now faces multiple criminal charges related to drugs and drug trafficking. The accused is Ryan Petersen.

The charges filed against Petersen include manufacture of THC, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to commit/deliver designer drugs.

The criminal complaint against Petersen indicates the Department of Homeland Security reached out to Waukesha County authorities after learning a package which originated in Belgium and was bound for a home in Brookfield might contain ecstasy. This happened because Customs and Border Protection agents encountered the package which “contained a chunky substance that tested positive for MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.”

The complaint says on April 26, 2013, officers executed a search warrant at a home where¬†the package was to be delivered. The person who lived there told police he knew his friend, Petersen, sold ecstasy. But he indicated he accepted the packages for him because Petersen had “given him marijuana at no charge and had also worked on his vehicle in the past for no charge.”

On July 24, 2013, officers executed another search warrant — this time on Ryan Petersen’s home. They found 11 marijuana plants during the search along with several paraphernalia items. Also in the home “was a small laboratory that appeared to be used for the production of chemical narcotics.”

Petersen talked with the officers and indicated he “had equipment and chemicals that he planned on using to manufacture MDMA or ecstasy.” Petersen says he had not made any MDMA, but that he was in the process of gathering materials to do so.”

As for the marijuana plants in Petersen’s home, the criminal complaint indicates that after Petersen harvested the plants, “he planned on turning them into marijuana oil.”

If convicted, Petersen faces up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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  • Jenn

    Poor guy lets protest this! Screw the governor for getting all his money, this boy needs some rehab and help! We are all one and I say we fight to help each individual in a deep dark hole! He is no worse than anyone else, he made a mistake and we all do some worse than others, but we are only human.

  • Be real

    I am sure you would feel the same way if you child over dosed on the drugs he is manufacturing. SHUT UP! I hope he gets the full 40 years.

  • Lila

    I cant believe you two. If he was black or latino your posts would be totally different and raving about the ghetto people and all that. I hope he gets the full sentence.

    • LetsChangeTheGov

      MDMA and Marijuana are safe. What they should do is put anyone in possession of alcohol behind bars, and watch the crime rate drop. My reasoning is because alcohol is one of the deadliest and most widely available substances in the United States.

  • LetsChangeTheGov

    MDMA was used in the 60’s for therapeutically use. The fact that this guy is facing 40 years for selling a substance that makes someones quality of life better bewilders me. Lets keep selling alchohol and cigarettes but throw someone in a cage with rapists, and killers simply for a substance. This enrages me. The government needs to stop trying to protect us from our selves, and focus on more important things at hand. We should ditch the failing drug war that is costing us billions of tax payer dollars, and start promoting knowledge about safe drug use, and how these certain substances will affect an individual.

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