Two arrested for possession of meth, 25 firearms near Ontario

Ember Powell
Gabriel Wilcox
Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects Thursday and seized a large amount of drugs and firearms after a search warrant in the town of Sheldon, near Ontario.  

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., a search warrant was served at an address on Opportunity Road, just west of Ontario. During the search of the residence, investigators located over two pounds of methamphetamine as well as lesser amounts of suspected heroin, fentanyl, marijuana, and other narcotics and prescription pills.  

Along with the drugs, investigators located 25 firearms of different make, model, and caliber, some of which police believe be stolen. 

Gabriel Wilcox, 34, and Ember Powell, 28, were both arrested for maintaining a drug trafficking place, with additional charges pending the completion of the investigation. Wilcox is restricted from possessing firearms due to previous felony convictions.

The investigation was a joint effort among the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group (WCMEG), and the Richland-Iowa-Grant Task Force.  The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and Richland Center Police Department also assisted in the investigation. The Monroe County Combined Tactical Unit served the warrant.

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