Wausau man sentenced in federal court for dealing meth 

Marathon County sheriff's Office

A federal judge last week sentenced a Wausau man for dealing methamphetamines. 

A western district of Wisconsin judge sentenced Trenton McCorkle to seven years in federal prison for possessing more than 50 grams of meth with intent to sell it. 

Police arrested McCorkle on Dec. 14, 2021 after state troopers attempted to pull him over for reckless driving after observing him speeding and weaving through traffic, a Department of Justice report shows. McCorkle tried to flee officers, according to the report, but he ultimately crashed into a traffic pole. McCorkle tried to flee the crash site as well, but police were able to apprehend him. 

McCorkle tried to throw a black bag from the car during the chase, but police recovered it, they say. The bag contained “half a pound of methamphetamine, a .45 caliber handgun, three loaded magazines, and several rounds of ammunition,” the DOJ report says. 

McCorkle already had a 2019 conviction for possessing methamphetamines, and was not allowed to carry any kind of firearm as a result. He faces or has faced multiple charges for methamphetamine and other crimes in Marathon, Lincoln and other counties according to court records.

According to the DOJ, the investigation and arrest came about because of several agencies, including “Central Wisconsin Narcotics Task Force, Wisconsin State Patrol, Rothschild Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”