La Crosse man facing federal drug, gun charges


MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – A La Crosse man is facing federal charges related to drug and gun crimes.

The indictment alleges that Joshua Kletzke, 37, of La Crosse, on June 9, 2020, possessed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and also possessed a loaded .357 Magnum pistol.

If convicted, Kletzke faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison on the methamphetamine charge. The charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years; federal law requires that any sentence imposed for this charge be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on any other criminal charge. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm has a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

The charges against Kletzke are the result of an investigation by the La Crosse Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.