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Ecstasy bound for Brookfield intercepted by Homeland Security

March 24, 2014

A Brookfield man faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on several drug counts related to accusations he ordered ecstasy online and had it delivered to a friend's house, and grew marijuana in the basement at 2830 Monterey Blvd., where he lived.

Ryan M. Petersen, 21, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on March 17 with a felony count of manufacture/delivery of THC in an amount between 200 and 1,000 grams, a felony count of manufacture/delivery of designer drugs in an amount greater than 50 grams, a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and a misdemeaner count of possession of drug paraphernalia

The criminal complaint alleges that the Brookfield man ordered ecstasy in early 2013 through Silk Road, an underground website used to traffic drugs and other illegal goods and services. The site was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in October.

On April 25, when Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Cincinnati flagged a shipment of ecstasy from Belgium that was headed for Petersen's friend's Brookfield home, the complaint continues, the Department of Homeland Security requested help from the Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit.

The friend told investigators he had agreed to accept the package of ecstasy for Petersen because in the past Petersen had given him marijuana and worked on his car for free, the complaint states.

At Petersen's home, officers found 11 marijuana plants, a small lab that looked to be used to produce methamphetimes or other chemical narcotics, and an instruction sheet on how to manufacture ecstasy. Petersen admitted to having ecstasy delivered to his friend's home, and to planning to manufacture his own, according to the complaint.

If convicted on all charges, Petersen faces a maximum of 49 years and seven months in prison, and up to $120,500 in fines.

At an initial appearance Monday, Petersen signed a $3,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for May 8.

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