SAWYER COUNTY -- Five people were arrested and charged following a March 2021 Sawyer County drug bust and Javaka Starkey is the first one to be sentenced in Sawyer County Circuit Court.

DrydenWire published a post in March 2021, stating that five people had been charged criminally in Sawyer County Circuit Court following the execution of a search warrant due to suspected drug trafficking out of a Hayward residence.

During the execution of the search warrant, throughout the house in various rooms officers found multiple firearms including shotguns; a large amount of ammunition; marijuana; suspected heroin and fentanyl; 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.

Javaka Starkey was charged with Class E Felony Manuf/Deliver Schedule I, II Narcotics; Class G Felony Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony; and Misdemeanor Possession of THC. Online circuit court records show that Starkey appeared most recently on November 10, 2021, regarding his charges. The Court accepted Starkey’s plea of Guilty to his charges of Class E Felony Manuf/Deliver Schedule I, II Narcotics; and Class G Felony Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony. The remaining charge of Misdemeanor Possession of THC was dismissed and read-in along with another charge of Misdemeanor Possession of THC that had been filed in 2019 against Starkey in a separate court case.

For Starkey’s conviction of Class G Felony Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony, the Court ordered one year of county jail confinement with credit for 258 days served. Consecutive to this sentence, the Court ordered an imposed and stayed sentence of ten years for Starkey’s conviction of Class E Felony Manuf/Deliver Schedule I, II Narcotics, with 5 years of probation. Should Starkey’s probation be revoked, he will face five years of initial confinement in state prison to be followed by five years of extended supervision.

Conditions of probation will require Starkey to complete any counseling and programming deemed appropriate by his department of corrections agent, and follow-through; complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow-through with recommendations; reimburse LCO Police Department controlled buy money of $100; and pay just over $1,000 in court costs and fines.

Criminal charges are still pending in Sawyer County Circuit Court against the other four individuals that were arrested following the execution of the search warrant.

Levon Smith of Minneapolis 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.

Neil W. Martinson is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place. Martinson is scheduled to appear again in February 2022 regarding his charges.

Neil W. Martinson, Jr. is facing charges of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place; Misdemeanor Possession of THC; and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Another hearing is scheduled in December 2021, regarding Martinson, Jr.’s charges.

Yvonne Martinson is facing a charge of Class E Felony Possess w/ Intent/Deliver Narcotics. A hearing is scheduled for Yvonne in February 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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