BREAKING: Dubuque County Authorities Arrest One of the Area's "Main" Marijuana Dealers, Two Associates
April 18, 2019
Authorities in Dubuque say they’ve arrested one of the area’s most prominent marijuana dealers and two people who helped him move the drug. 19-year-old Devin Keller-Schueler of East Dubuque was arrested at a home in Asbury on Wednesday afternoon. He’s facing two counts each of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Use of a Minor in a Drug Trade, and one count of Distributing Drugs to a Person under 18. According to court documents, authorities began investigating Keller-Schueler last fall after receiving a tip from an informant that he was dealing marijuana and marijuana oil to a large number of people in Dubuque. Police learned that Keller-Schueler would receive large, weekly shipments of marijuana from legal dispensaries in California and Washington. He would sell the drugs around Dubuque, and ship cash payments back to the West Coast. Authorities say Keller-Schueler had several people assist with his scheme, using their names and addresses to ship the drugs and cash. Others would exchange large amounts of $20 bills for bigger bills at area banks. Keller-Schueler also had a juvenile drive him to the locations of his drug deals, which included the Hy-Vee and Taco Bell on South Locust Street, the Kennedy Mall parking lot, and the Hardee’s in Key West. In January, authorities say Keller-Schueler and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Payton Helling, traveled to the Los Angeles area to buy large amounts of marijuana and ship it back to Dubuque. Shortly after returning, officers from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Dubuque Drug Task Force raided Keller-Schueler’s apartment in East Dubuque. They reportedly found 14 pounds of marijuana plus $17,000 in cash. Helling was also arrested on Wednesday. She’s been charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. Another person involved in the scheme, 18-year-old Michael Small, was arrested on Wednesday as well and is facing a similar charge. Court documents say he was one of the people who received the marijuana shipments for Keller-Schueler. If convicted of all the charges against him, Keller-Schueler could face up to 55 years in prison.