Texts lead to drug busts
Authorities learned of the scheme when the parents of an underage girl checked text messages on her cell phone, according to criminal complaints issued in Walworth County.
Charged as participants in a plan to sell California pot to Walworth County buyers are Ian G. Johnson, 18, formerly of Lake Geneva; Taylor M. Aguilar, 18, formerly of Lake Geneva; Nikolas A. Koch, 17, Elkhorn; and Curt A. Schlagel, 18, Elkhorn.
Each is charged with conspiracy to possess and sell marijuana. The felony charge carries a maximum prison term of six years and a fine of $10,000.
Johnson and Aguilar, who are boyfriend and girlfriend, according to court records, now live in Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Walworth County prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for the man suspected of being the supplier, Merrick J. Boyer, 18, of Escondido, Calif.
According to a criminal complaint:
Parents took their daughter to the Walworth County Sheriff's Office on April 19 to report the text messages.
She told investigators she had met Boyer while on vacation in late 2009, and he told her that he had a medical card to grown marijuana in California.
She said she could buy pot for $10 a gram from Boyer and sell it here for $20 a gram. The girl said she had more than 100 potential buyers from Elkhorn High School. She claimed to never have sold any marijuana and that her role was only to get the drug from Boyer to Wisconsin.
The girl said she received a package containing two ounces of marijuana in about early April. Boyer also visited Schlagel, the girl's boyfriend, and took three additional ounces of pot with him.
The girl and Schlagel later wired $2,000 in profits from the sale of marijuana to Boyer in California.
On April 16, Boyer sent a half-pound of pot through a delivery service to Koch's home, and Schlagel said he picked up the pot from Koch and gave it to Johnson. When investigators visited Schlagel's home April 19, he told investigators he had given the pot to Johnson because he feared a visit from police.
Schlagel told investigators that when he dropped off the pot, Johnson's girlfriend, Aguilar, was there. Schlagel then gave investigators $893, saying it was his profits from pot sales.
While investigators waited for Johnson outside his home, Aguilar entered the home, packed the pot into a backpack, cut a window screen and threw the backpack to the ground below. Aguilar then met Johnson, who knew investigators were waiting for him at his home, and gave him the pack.
Johnson hid the pack in a wooded area, where it was later recovered by authorities.