SAWYER COUNTY -- A Winter, WI man, Charles Howe, has been sentenced on his Sawyer County criminal charges stemming from a March 2018 drug bust in the Town of Winter.

Authorities seized 871 grams of processed marijuana and 8 marijuana plants along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia and equipment for growing plants indoors during the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Winter in March 2018.

According to a press release from Sawyer County Sheriff Doug Mrotek, the investigation and search warrant were conducted with the assistance of the Phillips Police Department and the Wisconsin DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation.

Online circuit court records show that on March 29, 2019 a criminal complaint was filed against Howe charging him with Class H Felony Possess w/ Intent-THC(>200-1000g).

At a recent hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court, two additional charges of Misdemeanor Possession of THC, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia were filed against Howe, who then entered a plea of guilty to all three counts.

The Court accepted Howe’s plea, and also accepted a 2 year Deferred Judgment of Conviction agreement regarding the felony charge of Possess w/ Intent-THC(>200-1000g). Details of the requirements included in Howe’s agreement were not included in the online circuit court record.

Howe received a withheld sentence on his conviction of Misdemeanor Possession of THC with 2 years of probation. Conditions of Howe’s probation require him to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow-through with recommendations.

The Court also ordered Howe to pay fines and costs of nearly $900 within 60 days as part of his sentence.


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