Ryan M. Petersen, a 21-year-old Brookfield man charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with manufacturing drugs, pleaded not guilty Thursday, May 8, and waived his preliminary hearing.
The court scheduled a hearing for Monday, June 9.
Petersen is facing up to 49 years and seven months in prison, and up to $120,500 in fines if convicted on felony counts of manufacturing between 200 and 1,000 grams of marijuana, conspiracy to deliver more than 50 grams of designer drugs and maintaining a drug trafficking place. He also is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The criminal complaint alleges Petersen ordered ecstasy in early 2013 through Silk Road, an underground website since shut down by the FBI that was used to traffic drugs and other illegal goods and services. The shipment, from Belgium, was stopped at the Port of Cincinatti, where the Department of Homeland Security got involved.
The package was headed for Petersen's friend's Brookfield home, the complaint states, adding that the friend had agreed to accept the package for Petersen.
At Petersen's home, at 2830 Monterey Blvd. in Brookfield, 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, the complaint states.
Petersen admitted to having ecstasy delivered to his friend's home, and to planning to manufacture his own, according to the complaint.
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