Eau Claire man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — An Eau Claire, Wis., man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison on drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Travis Hanson, 40, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to serve eight years on supervised release after pleading guilty July 6 to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and heroin.

Hanson sold heroin to a confidential informant Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 and officers surveilled Hanson Feb. 25. He was observed driving from his hotel in Menominee, Wis., to meet his drug source in St. Paul. Hanson and his girlfriend then returned to Menominee, with his drug dealing following him in a separate vehicle.

They were all taken into custody upon arrival in Menominee and officers found 236 grams of methamphetamine, 11.5 grams of heroin, small amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana, as well as a digital scale and baggies.

In an interview with law enforcement, Hanson admitted to being involved in drug trafficking and selling large quantities of methamphetamine. He admitted to travelling to St. Paul to meet his drug source and that he was supposed to help his source sell the methamphetamine and heroin discovered by law enforcement.

The charge against Hanson was the result of an investigation conducted by the West Central Drug Task Force; Chippewa County, Dunn County, and Eau Claire County Sheriffs’ Departments; Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Menomonie Police Departments; Drug Enforcement Administration; and Dunn County District Attorney’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Anderson.