Two federal drug ring suspects out of custody

Wisconsin -- Two defendants arrested in connection with a suspected California to Milwaukee drug ring are out of custody.

According to a clerk with the federal courthouse, John Webler, 39,  and Andrea Marquardt, 29, were released from custody Wednesday after initial hearings.  Marquardt is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.  Webler is charged with use of mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.

The remaining defendants, Kevin Breitzman, 29, Paul Markiewicz, 27, and Edward Patterson, 38 are in custody and have hearings scheduled for Friday.

The U.S. Attorney says the defendants were involved in a drug trafficking operation that obtained large amounts of marijuana from northern California, then shipped the drugs through the mail for distribution in the Milwaukee area.

Federal agents recovered several pounds of high-grade marijuana, 11 firearms, and about $90,000.




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