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16 charges in meth distribution operation

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say 16 people have been charged in a methamphetamine-distribution operation in central Wisconsin.

The charges were announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Scott Blader in the Western District, the FBI, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and local officials.

A federal grand jury indicted 12 of the 16 people last month, including three individuals from St. Paul, Minnesota. The other federal defendants are mainly from Wausau. Charges include conspiring to distribute meth.

Four others, all from Wausau, are facing state charges in Marathon County, including delivery and possession of meth. Officials say the charges result from drug activity from November 2018 to June 2019.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Central Wisconsin Narcotics Task Force.

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