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Three charged in meth case
MONROE - A Monroe man and woman and a Janesville man were charged Thursday with purchasing methamphetamine precursors for months.

Jacob Edward Johnson, 27, Monroe; Clayton Stewart Welte, 21, Janesville; and a 39-year-old Monroe woman face several charges of possessing methamphetamine precursors, a Class H felony, purchasing pseudoephedrine to facilitate another person's manufacture of meth, a Class I felony, and purchasing more than 7.5 grams of pseudoephedrine in a 30-day period, a misdemeanor.

Johnson faces one of each charge, while Welte and the woman each face one count of possession, three counts of facilitating the manufacture of meth and three counts of purchasing more than 7.5 grams.

Johnson and Welte were arrested and a warrant was filed Monday for the woman's arrest.

The three were charged after an investigation by the Stateline Area Narcotics Team into suspicious pseudoephedrine purchases at various Monroe pharmacies.

Sales records revealed that Johnson bought 12.24 grams of pseudoephedrine between Jan. 9 and Feb. 5, the woman bought 10.56 grams between Dec. 3 and Feb. 20 and Welte bought 12 grams between Nov. 21 and Dec. 18 and an additional 8.4 grams between Feb. 2 and Feb. 25.

Welte and Johnson had initial appearances in court Monday.

Welte and the woman face maximum possible sentences of 7.5 years in prison. Johnson faces a maximum possible sentence of 4.5 years.