Controlled Buy Leads To Meth Delivery Charges for Stone Lake Couple
A Stone Lake, WI couple have been charged criminally in Washburn County Circuit Court following an investigation that utilized controlled buys of methamphetamine.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court, in April 2018, a controlled buy of methamphetamine was conducted in which a confidential informant purchased methamphetamine from Dominick Violette and Tabatha Case, listed as residing at the same address in Stone Lake, WI.
The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, the Spooner Police Department and the Barron County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation that led to the charges against Violette and Case.
Audio surveillance was utilized during the controlled buy, and according to the criminal complaint, investigating officers could hear Violette selling a prepared package of methamphetamine to the confidential informant.
Following the controlled buy, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Violette and Case. During the search warrant investigating officers located several grams of methamphetamine and multiple items of drug paraphernalia including a scale of the type used for weighing small amounts.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that when officers interviewed Violette, he allegedly admitted to selling methamphetamine and stated that he was doing it to supplement his income because he was out of work due to a back injury.
Violette is charged with Class D Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Class F Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Violette was placed on a $5,000 cash bail bond at a hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court on April 30, 2018 and has since made an initial appearance regarding his criminal charges. He is due back in court next week for a preliminary examination hearing.
Charges of Class D Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Class F Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine (Party to a Crime), Class H Felony Bail Jumping and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia have been filed against Case, and according to online circuit court records, the Court placed her on a $1,000 cash bail bond. Case has also made an initial appearance regarding her criminal charges and is scheduled to have a preliminary examination hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court today, May 11, 2018.
In a separate case filed in 2016 in Washburn County Circuit Court against Case, she was charged with Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs. According to online circuit court records, Case was placed on a Deferred Sentence Agreement regarding that charge. It is not known to DrydenWire.com at this time what the outcome of that case will be.
The maximum penalty for a conviction of Class D Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine is 25 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $100,000, or both. A conviction of Class F Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine could result in a maximum penalty of 12.5 years imprisonment, a $25,000 fine, or both.
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.