A traffic stop on a vehicle, a tan Chevrolet Malibu, that was speeding in Burnett County resulted in the location and seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia.
Burnett County Sheriff's Office stopped the tan Malibu for speeding in the Township of Grantsburg, Wisconsin on March 21, 2017, shortly after 10:00 PM according to the criminal complaint. The driver of the vehicle was identified by the Burnett County Sheriff's deputy as Alan Schwartzbauer. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Kayla Evans, the registered owner of the Malibu.
The deputy had information that an arrest warrant had been issued that same day for Schwartzbauer, and so asked Schwartzbauer to get out of the vehicle and advised him of the warrant and that he was being placed under arrest at that time.
Schwartzbauer told the deputy that he had a marijuana pipe in his pocket while the deputy was searching him, the criminal complaint states. The deputy also found a large amount of cash in Schwartzbauer's pants pocket.
When asked by the deputy if there was anything illegal in the vehicle Schwartzbauer said no. Another officer on scene stayed with Schwartzbauer while the deputy went to the vehicle. The driver's door of the Malibu had been left open by Schwartzbauer when he got out and the deputy could clearly see a digital scale in the cubby of the door. Schwartzbauer said that the scale was for weighing mail and that he had 'mailed off a bunch of letters'. When the deputy asked Schwartzbauer why there was white residue on the scale Schwartzbauer did not respond.
Under the scale, the deputy saw a blue gem pack containing something that looked like a shard of glass.
At that time, the deputy asked Kayla Evans to get out of the Malibu and advised her that the Malibu was going to be searched. Evans also told the deputy that nothing else was in the car. The criminal complaint continues stating that inside the center console of the Malibu, the deputy found two blue gem packs; one of which had green leafy substance inside. In the cubby of the passenger door, the deputy found an eyeglass case holding many empty blue gem packs. There were also empty beer cans in the back seat of the Malibu which appeared to the deputy to be old.
Throughout the deputy's search of the Malibu, continuous calls and text messages were being received by 2 cell phones in the front seat of the Malibu; a black Samsung and a white iPhone.
The deputy advised Evans that due to finding both methamphetamine and marijuana in the Malibu along with packaging material and a scale, it appeared that Schwartzbauer and Evans were involved in selling narcotics and that she was also being placed under arrest at that time.
The criminal complaint states that Schwartzbauer and Evans were both transported to the Burnett County Jail and booked in.
When the deputy asked Evans if she was concealing anything illegal on her body, she stated no; however, when Evans was searched by a Burnett County jailer, a foil-wrapped packet was located in her crotch area containing a substance that resembled a shard of glass.
When the various items of drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine and marijuana were tested for the presence of controlled substances by the deputy, results came back positive for methamphetamine on 3 of the items and a positive result for THC (marijuana) came back on one.
Public record shows that charges were filed against Schwartzbauer on March 24, 2017, in Burnett County Circuit Court for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana), Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Misdemeanor Bail Jump.
Schwartzbauer has another criminal case open in Burnett County Circuit Court, filed in April of 2016 and charging him with 2 counts of Misdemeanor Retail Theft for which he had an active bail bond that required Schwartzbauer not commit any further criminal acts.
Charges were also filed against Evans on March 24, 2017, for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana), Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and three counts of Felony Bail Jump.
In another open court case filed on March 24, 2017, in Burnett County Circuit Court Evans is charged with Misdemeanor Theft according to public record.
Evans also has a third open criminal case in Polk County Wisconsin Circuit Court filed in February of 2017 charging her with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for which she was under a bail bond with conditions that she not possess any drugs or paraphernalia.
Both Schwartzbauer & Evans appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on March 27 and are now scheduled to appear again in early summer 2017.
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