Poker player Wade Woelfel has been charged with third-degree murder due to a drug overdose according to court documents filed last week.
The Moose Lake resident, 38, is accused of selling drugs to 44-year-old Bryan Marconcini who died of an overdose on October 2021.
Poker Player Wade Woelfel Charged with Third-Degree Murder
After an autopsy was carried out, amphetamine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and norfentanyl were all found to be present in tissue samples, leading police to investigate further.
Drug paraphernalia and a substance that was later identified as methamphetamine was also found in Marconcini’s bathroom.
Speaking to Marconcini’s girlfriend, police discovered that he met a man called Wade or Wayne the day before his death and soon suspected that they knew exactly who they looking for.
Investigators thought she was referring to Woelfel, who was “known to agents as both a user and a seller of narcotics.”
Wade Woelfel Busted
Police soon tracked down a CCTV video that actually showed the deal between Woelfel and Marconcini taking place.
They then used a confidential informant to setup a fake deal with Woelfel and arrested him when he showed up carrying various drugs, scales and other drug taking paraphernalia.
Woelfel’s cell phone later confirmed that he and Marconcini had communicated several times on October 7 and 8. Older text messages were also found to show discussions about the sale drugs.
Wade Woelfel was out on parole for a previous crime at the time of his arrest and had his bail revoked immediately, sending him back to Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.
Currently, Woelfel’s inmate page shows him with a release date of May 31, 2022, meaning that the third-degree murder charge could have been dropped, or this may not get updated until further court hearings.
Wade Woelfel the Poker Player
Wade Woelfel is a well-known player in both the live and online poker scene. $609,716 in live tournament earning, but no cashes registered for almost five years.
His best live score was $120,018 as runner-up in a 2012 WSOP Circuit Main Event in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Woelfel’s online career, however, is quite stellar. $1.85 million in cashes from online tournaments is a more than decent record. Over $1.5 million of that total came from the golden era on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker in the pre-Black Friday days.
In 2007, Woelfel was even ranked as high as 37th on the PocketFives global leaderboard.
This all sounds like the career of a talented player but, sadly, the rails came off in 2016. Woelfel had ordered a package containing more than 100 ecstasy tablets which was intercepted by law enforcement.
When a team arrived at his property to execute a search warrant, Woelfel was actually caught in the act of ordering more drugs via an online service.
Facing a potential 25-year stretch, Woelfel can consider himself lucky to have only received a four-year sentence.
Sadly, he was also recalled to prison after his release this time, too, when he was stopped for driving while impaired. A search found a quantity of cannabis which was enough to revoke his parole.
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