A criminal case has been dismissed for a Shell Lake, WI man who was facing meth-related charges in Washburn County Circuit Court.

DrydenWire.com reported in October 2017 (see below) that Michael Hessler, of Shell Lake, WI, was facing charges of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a search warrant was executed in August 2017 at his residence in Shell Lake by the Shell Lake Police Department.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Hessler, during the execution of the search warrant, officers located methamphetamine, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, a prescription for Oxycodone, and a plastic container holding 1.5 grams of marijuana inside Hessler's apartment.

Online circuit court records show that on May 11, 2018, a Motion hearing was held regarding Hessler’s charges. After hearing testimony from witnesses, the Court granted Defense Counsel’s Motion to Suppress.

On July 3, 2018, a Motion to Dismiss the case was filed by the Washburn County District Attorney stating that as the Court had granted Defense Counsel’s Motion to Suppress the evidence recovered in this case, the State could not proceed to trial on the case and so it should be dismissed.

An Order to Dismiss was subsequently filed on July 5, 2018 and the case was dismissed.


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Search Warrant Results in Meth Charges for Shell Lake Man

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A Shell Lake, WI man is facing methamphetamine-related charges following the execution of a search warrant at his residence.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Michael R. Hessler in Washburn County Circuit Court, which states that the Shell Lake Police Department, with the assistance of the Washburn County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, executed a search warrant at Hessler's basement apartment on 5th Avenue in Shell Lake, WI on August 23, 2017.

After officers advised Hessler that they would be searching his apartment, he was taken to the Washburn County Sheriff's Office and interviewed by an officer.

While speaking with officers, Hessler allegedly stated that he had previously used methamphetamine but denied any current use of methamphetamine or marijuana or any prescription pain medication. Hessler also told officers that he is aware of the current problem of methamphetamine in Washburn County and that he tries to 'help' other people who are struggling with methamphetamine usage.

The criminal complaint states that officers located methamphetamine, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, a prescription for Oxycodone, and a plastic container holding 1.5 grams of marijuana inside Hessler's apartment.  

When Hessler was confronted with the fact that these items had been located inside his apartment, he then allegedly stated that if he was tested for marijuana use, the result would come back 'hot' for marijuana.

Hessler is facing charges of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
An initial appearance in Washburn County Circuit Court is scheduled for Hessler in November. At this time, online circuit court records do not indicate that Hessler is subject to any bail bond.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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