SAWYER COUNTY -- Felony charges have been filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against two after law enforcement discovered heroin, cocaine, pills, drug paraphernalia, cash, and a handgun during a traffic stop.

DrydenWire published a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office on May 27, 2021, regarding the traffic stop which led to the discovery of drugs and the arrest of Matthew Jackson and Keshia Wilmer.

On May 24, 2021, shortly before 4a Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for multiple traffic violations in the area of Hayward, WI, including speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign. The vehicle did not yield to the squad car’s emergency siren and lights, but instead continued along Highway 63, traveling slowly into the City of Hayward, WI, according to a criminal complaint filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court.

The vehicle ultimately drove into a parking lot in the City of Hayward and stopped. Three people were inside the vehicle and all three were taken into custody. The driver was identified as Matthew Jackson, and the front seat passenger was identified as Keshia Wilmer. (At the time of this post, DrydenWire did not locate any online records of charges filed against the third person in the vehicle, so their name is not included here.)

During a search of Jackson, Deputies located a digital scale, a pen tube, and a large amount of cash. Sawyer County K9 was on scene and alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle, which resulted in a search being conducted on the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle Deputies located a “brick” of heroin which weighed 271 grams; a loaded 45 cal. handgun; a pouch containing cocaine which weighed 8.5 grams, baggies holding a total of nearly 4 dozen prescription pills identified as Alprazolam and Diazepam; and multiple items of drug paraphernalia including another digital scale.

Jackson is charged with Class C Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin (>50G); Class E Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine (>5-15G); two counts of Class H Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Schedule IV Drugs; Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Misdemeanor Resist Officer - Failure to Stop Vehicle. Jackson also received traffic citations for Fail/Stop at Stop Sign, and Operating without a Valid Driver’s License.

At a hearing on May 24, 2021, the Court placed Jackson on a $75,000 cash bond. Jackson made an initial appearance while in custody regarding his charges on June 1, 2021, and is scheduled to appear again in June 2021 for a preliminary examination hearing.

Wilmer is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs. The Court placed Wilmer on a $50,000 cash bond at a hearing on May 24, 2021. She appeared again on June 1, 2021, for an Initial Appearance. Wilmer’s defense counsel made a motion to amend her bond. Online circuit court records indicate that the State remained mute regarding the motion and the Court granted the motion, amending Wilmer’s bond to a $5,000 signature bond with conditions requiring her to maintain absolute sobriety and comply with treatment plans. A status hearing is scheduled for Wilmer later in June.


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