A 26-year-old West Allis man is facing charges after police say he ripped off a police informant by selling him fake drugs during an undercover sting.
Joseph A. Fischer was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court last week with one count of falsely presenting a non-controlled substance. If convicted, he faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
At 5 p.m. Sept. 25, a police informant working with the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit set up a deal in a parking lot on Meadowbrook Road where Fischer would sell him a quarter pound of marijuana for $1,200, according to the criminal complaint.
They completed the deal, but an officer surveying the transaction then heard the informant say “wait a minute, wait a minute, wait, wait, wait, I got jacked,” the criminal complaint states. The officer saw Fischer run out of the car, get into his car and speed off eastbound on Summit Avenue, according to the complaint. The detective followed the car and pulled him over near Maple Lane North.
Investigators interviewed the two passengers. One said he didn’t know why they were there while the other said he knew Fischer was planning to sell some drugs in Waukesha, according to the complaint.
The passenger told police that after the deal took place, Fischer got back into the car and said "I knew dude set me up,” as they sped off, according to the complaint.
Fischer is currently free on a $2,500 signature bond.