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Wausau traffic stop leads to major drug seizure

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By Shereen Siewert

A single traffic stop by Wausau Police last week took more than 2,000 doses of methamphetamine off the street and resulted in criminal charges for three Wausau-area suspects.

Treg Leder, 29; Tianna Polo, 23; and Johnny Walker, 29, all face criminal charges in connection with the traffic stop, which resulted from a records check that showed the registered owner of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license. Police stopped the vehicle just before 11 p.m. on Nov. 7 on North 17th Avenue. Officers searched the vehicle after learning Leder had a warrant for his arrest and spotting a bag of suspected methamphetamine on the ground next to where Leder had been standing, according to the criminal complaint.

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Inside the vehicle, police located multiple bags filled with drugs along with drug paraphernalia, five cell phones and $1,781 in cash, the complaint states. Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Mayo said the bags located contain suspected methamphetamine and are being tested at the crime lab for confirmation.

The total amount seized was more than 250 grams of methamphetamine, or about 1/4 kilo, a common. A typical dose is .10 grams, according to law enforcement officials.

Drug enforcement officials say a 1/4 kilo is a typical size that a dealer would purchase to get a good price break to maximize profits while trafficking the drugs.

All three suspects face multiple drug trafficking charges filed Nov. 11 in Marathon County Circuit Court. Walker and Leder are being held on a $75,000 bond, the first $25,000 of which must be paid in cash. Polo was ordered held on a $5,000 bond with the first $750 to be paid in cash. All three remain jailed as of Nov. 12.

Preliminary hearings for all three suspects are set for Nov. 20.

Booking photos courtesy of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department.

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