MADISON, WIS. — Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Daniel Swessel, 33, Barron, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson to five years in federal prison for possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Swessel pleaded guilty to this charge on February 27, 2018.
On September 1, 2017, Swessel was arrested in Barron for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. During a search of his vehicle, law enforcement officers found approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine.
On October 11, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Swessel’s residence in Barron. During the search, officers found over 190 grams of methamphetamine.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson found that Swessel was a threat to society based on his lengthy criminal history, which included assaults and drug offenses.
The charge against Swessel was a result of an investigation conducted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.