Wausau man charged with drug, gun crimes
A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned an indictment Wednesday against a Wausau man.
Tou Yong Yee Xiong, 34, is charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The indictment alleges that Xiong distributed methamphetamine on June 12 and 20, 2017, and that he possessed methamphetamine and a .40 caliber handgun on June 26, 2017.
If convicted, Xiong faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the drug charges, a mandatory penalty of five years on the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and 10 years on the felon in possession charge. Federal law requires that the five-year penalty for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the drug charge.
The charges against Xiong are the result of an investigation by the Marathon and Oneida County Sheriffs’ Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.