SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has accepted a plea agreement for Neil Martinson, Jr., the third out of five people charged in a Sawyer County Drug Bust case from February 2021.

Five people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant in February 2021 due to suspected drug trafficking out of a Hayward residence.

The search warrant led to the discovery of multiple firearms including shotguns; a large amount of ammunition; marijuana; suspected heroin and fentanyl; a digital scale; numerous pills; cash; at least one hypodermic syringe loaded with a liquid that tested positive for heroin; and numerous devices used for smoking controlled substances.

Criminal charges were filed against five people: Neil Martinson, Sr., Neil Martinson, Jr., Yvonne Martinson, Levon Smith, and Javaka Starkey.

Neil W. Martinson, Jr. was charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Misdemeanor Possession of THC, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia.

Online circuit court records show that Martinson, Jr. appeared most recently in Sawyer County Circuit Court regarding his charges on May 16, 2022. The Hon. John Yackel accepted a plea agreement.

For his charge of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Judge Yackel accepted a proposed 6-month Deferred Entry of Guilty Plea Agreement with conditions that Martinson, Jr. comply with the treatment and diversion plan monitored by Justice Point. If he successfully completes the programming, that count will be dismissed. On his charge of Misdemeanor Possessesion, Drug Paraphernalia Judge Yackel accepted Martinson Jr.’s plea of guilty and ordered him to pay fines/court costs of $673.50. The charge of Misdemeanor Possession of THC was dismissed. A review hearing is scheduled for Martinson Jr. in November 2022.

In November 2021, Javaka Starkey was sentenced to one year of county jail confinement with credit for 258 days served followed by an imposed and stayed sentence of ten years with 5 years of probation on convictions for Class E Felony Manuf/Deliver Schedule I, II Narcotics; and Class G Felony Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony.

Neil Martinson, Sr., received an imposed and stayed prison sentence of 3 years and 6 months with 2 years of probation in February 2022 on convictions for Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place.

Criminal charges are still pending in Sawyer County Circuit Court against Levon Smith and Yvonne Martinson.

Levon Smith is charged with Class E Felony Possess w/ Intent/Deliver Narcotics; Class H Felony Misappropriate ID Info - Avoid Penalty; and Class I Felony Possess w/Intent-THC (<=200 grams) Online circuit court records show that Smith failed to appear for a court hearing in May 2021 and on May 25, 2021, the Court issued a nationwide arrest warrant for him.

Yvonne Martinson is charged with Class E Felony Possess w/ Intent/Deliver Narcotics. She is scheduled to appear again in Sawyer County Circuit Court on May 24, 2022.

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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