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Elkhorn teen sentenced for pot plot

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Darryl Enriquez
July 22, 2011
— Curt Schlagel is the first local teen sentenced to jail for conspiring to sell high-grade California marijuana to Elkhorn High School students, according to court records.

Schlagel, 19, of Elkhorn was one of four teens linked to what authorities say was an interstate marijuana cabal.


The others are Ian Johnson, Taylor Aguilar and Nikolas Koch. Merrick Boyer of California was identified in a Walworth County criminal complaint as the man who delivered the marijuana.


The scheme began when a local underage girl met Boyer while on vacation. Boyer claimed he could grow pot legally because he had a California medical marijuana card, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Walworth County District Attorney's Office.


California marijuana cannot be sold legally in Wisconsin, according to a number of law enforcement spokesmen.


Schlagel's role was to acquire the pot from Koch, 18, after it was mailed to the Elkhorn home he and his mother had lived in, according to the complaint. Schlagel was then supposed to sell it, the complaint reports.


Schlagel pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana and conspiring to sell it. He was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail with work release, three years probation and nearly $1,500 in fines and court costs.


Johnson and Aguilar, both 19, received identical sentences after pleading guilty April 25 to felony counts of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver. They formerly had lived in Lake Geneva.


Each was ordered to serve two years of probation, do 80 hours of community service and pay $375 in fines and court costs. If they do not break any laws while on probation, they would be eligible to have their records expunged of the felony convictions.


The couple can serve their probations in Arizona where they live.


A Sept. 19 jury trial is set for Boyer, 19, before Walworth County Judge John Race. Koch has a jury trial set for Sept. 26 before Race.


Boyer and Koch are charged with conspiracy to possess and sell marijuana. The felony charge carries a maximum prison term of six years.



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