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High-speed pursuit leads to staggering fentanyl bust 

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A local drug task force arrested a man accused of trafficking a staggering amount of fentanyl and other drugs in the Marathon County area. 

Members of the Central Wisconsin Narcotics Task Force, along with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a man with what they say was $40,000 worth of various drugs including fentanyl. 

 Police say Jacob Gould chose not to stop when officers attempted to pull him over Jan. 6 on Highway 39 in the southern part of Marathon County. Officers chased Gould in a high-speed pursuit and then on foot before finally apprehending him. Deputies confiscated 103.5 grams of fentanyl and a small amount of meth as part of the arrest, police say. 

Task Force investigators then searched his residence in Weston and seized “seized 15 grams of fentanyl, 63 grams of methamphetamine, 175 grams of THC, 0.5 grams of cocaine, and one firearm from the residence,” according to police reports. 

Gould faces charges related to intent to sell fentanyl, methamphetamines and THC, and possession of cocaine and methamphetamines. He also faces charges of possessing a firearm as a felon and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug trafficking place and fleeing and eluding an officer. Charges also include a fourth offense of driving while intoxicated and several bailjumping charges. 

Gould is currently being held at Marathon County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

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