Tomahawk man, Wausau woman had 220 pounds of marijuana, authorities say


MADISON – A federal grand jury has indicted a Tomahawk man and Wausau woman on drug and gun charges Wednesday after officials say they had at least 220 pounds of marijuana in January.

Joel J. Helding, 32, and Valerie A. Flores, 25, are each charged with possessing 220 or more pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute. Helding also faces a charge of possession of a firearm to further a drug trafficking crime, according to a news release from the United States Attorney Western District of Wisconsin Office.

Helding and Flores had the marijuana on Jan. 18, according to the news release. Helding also had a loaded 9 mm pistol and a .380-caliber pistol, according to the release.

If convicted, Helding and Flores each face a sentence of between five and 40 years in federal prison, according to the news release.