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Ashland man to serve prison time for meth, gun crimes

An Ashland man was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possessing a firearm.

Timothy W. Vaillancourt, 37, pleaded guilty to the crimes July 26, according to a news release issued by Jeffrey M. Anderson, acting United States attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Vaillancourt was arrested Oct. 23, 2016, for operating a motor vehicle after revocation. Deputies found $920 on him, and an unloaded 9 mm handgun and 18 grams of meth in the car he was driving.

U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson said at sentencing that Vaillancourt was responsible for distributing a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, possessed a gun and had a prior conviction for drug distribution. Vaillancourt will serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence.

The charge against Vaillancourt is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Ashland County Sheriff's Department and Ashland Police Department.