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Pewaukee man faces federal drug charge

Pewaukeean acused in marijuana distribution

A Pewaukee man faces federal charges of drug and money laundering for allegedly participating in a large-scale marijuana distribution ring between 2008 and 2011.

According to online court records, Christopher A. Younger, 41, was charged in December 2011 in the Eastern District Court of Wisconsin with conspiracy to distribute 100 kilos or more of marijuana, and conspiracy, money laundering, both federal offenses. Younger could face up to 60 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines. He was one of eight charged in the conspiracy to distribute marijuana from California to Milwaukee.

According to online court records, in spring 2010, detectives from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department requested federal assistance in the investigation of Younger, the owner of Olympia Metals, a business he ran out of his home.

A citizen had turned over to police a leather binder he found in a ditch in Pewaukee. Inside the binder were numerous drug notes and drug ledgers, including handwritten notes, emails, spreadsheets and other items belong to Younger, the complaint said.

The paperwork suggested that Younger spent at least $664,000 on at least 200 pounds of high-grade marijuana from three men in California. The information showed an elaborate drug trafficking organization between Younger in Milwaukee and northern California, according to court records.

Using GPS and physical surveillance, agents established that Younger was making contact with his drug sources at several locations in the Milwaukee area, including various banks, a UPS store in Pewaukee and the U.S. Post Office, court records show. Phone taps also allege that Younger was in regular communication with California suppliers.

In February 2011, a search warrant of Younger's residence turned up a .22 caliber revolver, $3,000, approximately 1.8 grams of cocaine, marijuana packaging material and a zip drive allegedly containing detailed records of the drug distribution activities.

Younger, after speaking with an attorney, agreed to cooperate in the case. He said he met David Makar, one of his partners in California, at a Milwaukee nightclub in 1996 through mutual friends. Makar moved to California several years ago after he inherited a house left to him by a deceased uncle. In 2008, Younger's business, Olympic Metals, was struggling, and he contacted Makar for a loan, court records said.

He said Makar had a different offer: He asked Younger if he would be willing to sell high-grade marijuana for him.

Younger allegedly agreed, and the two men split the profits, which Younger mailed, wired or deposited into Makar's girlfriend's bank account. In some instances, Younger issued checks from Olympic Metals to Makar to avoid suspicion, according to the court.

Makar was sentenced earlier this year to one year in prison and three years of supervised release on federal drug and money laundering charges.

Younger submitted a plea agreement in April 2012 and is expected to be sentenced March 28.

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