SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced multiple individuals who were arrested and charged following a 3-month long investigation into suspected heroin trafficking.

DrydenWire.com published a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department in February of 2019 which stated that a three-month long investigation by Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and Agents from the Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation into the trafficking and distribution of heroin in Sawyer County began in November 2018, culminated in the execution of search warrants on four residences and the arrest of nine suspects.

As a result of the search warrants, 71 grams (2 ½ ounces) of Heroin, 8 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, two handguns, and $1400.00 in cash were seized. The estimated street value of the seized heroin was $35,000.00.

Bryan Keith Sam Jr., of the Town of Hayward, was arrested and later charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place and Class D Felony Manufacture/Deliver Heroin.

Online circuit court records show that at a hearing in September 2020, the Court ordered Bryan to serve a 10-year sentence on his conviction of Class D Felony Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (>10-50g); 4 years of initial confinement to be followed by 6 years of extended supervision. Bryan was also ordered to serve a consecutive sentence of 18 months confinement followed by 2 years of supervision on his conviction of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place. Conditions of Bryan’s supervision will require him to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment.

Shania Janae Pringle, of the Town of Hayward, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Class F Felony Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g) in June of 2020 she was sentenced on a conviction for one count of Class F Felony Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g).

The Court ordered an imposed and stayed sentence of 10 years total. The Court also imposed 5 years of probation, with 6 months conditional jail time. Conditions of probation will require Shania to maintain absolute sobriety and undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment. Should Shania’s probation be revoked she will face 5 years of initial confinement to be followed by 5 years of extended supervision.

Jason Forbes Pringle, of the Town of Bass Lake, was arrested and later charged with Felony Maintaining a Drug Dwelling, Misdemeanor Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug paraphernalia.

At a hearing in June 2020, the Court ordered Jason to serve 9 months and 30 days county jail for convictions of Misdemeanor Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug paraphernalia with 18 months probation. Conditions of probation will require Jason to comply with recommended counseling & follow-through. His charge of Felony Maintaining a Drug Dwelling was dismissed but read in.

Cody Lee Wilson, of the Stone Lake, WI area, was arrested and later charged with seven counts of Class F Felony Manufacture/Delivery of Heroin.

In April 2020, the Court ordered a 10-year sentence for Cody on a conviction for one count of Class F Felony Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g). Wilson is to serve 4 years of initial confinement followed by 6 years of extended supervision. The remaining charges filed against Wilson were dismissed but read in.

Richard Gene Saddler, of the Siren, WI area, was arrested and later charged with Class D Felony Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, and Class E Felony Possess w/ Intent-Amphetamine(>3-10g).

In November 2019 the Court ordered a 10-year imposed and stayed sentence for Richard on a conviction of Class D Felony Possess w/Intent-Heroin(>10-50g). The Court also imposed a sentence of 7 years and 6 months of probation with 1 year of conditional jail time. Conditions of probation will require Richard to comply with counseling and undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment. Should Richard’s probation be revoked he will face 5 years of confinement in state prison to be followed by 5 years of extended supervision. Richard’s charge of Class E Felony Possesses w/ Intent-Amphetamine(>3-10g) was dismissed but read in.

Casandra Ann Kakazu, of the Town of Hayward, was arrested and charged with Class F Felony Delivery of Heroin, Class D Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, Felony Bail Jump, and Misdemeanor Bail Jump.

At a hearing in August 2019, the Court ordered a 10-year sentence for Casandra on her conviction of Class D Felony Possess w/Intent-Heroin(>10-50g). Casandra is to serve 4 years of initial confinement followed by 6 years of extended supervision. Conditions of supervision will require Casandra to comply with counseling. The remaining charges against Casandra were dismissed but read in.

Tracey Ann Pringle, of the Town of Bass Lake, was arrested and charged with Maintaining a Drug Dwelling (Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor).

In August 2019 the Court sentenced Tracey to serve 18 months probation with 30 days conditional jail on her conviction for Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Conditions of probation will require Tracey to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment. Tracey’s charge of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place was dismissed.

Paul Edward Dust III, of the Town of Hayward, was arrested for three counts of the Delivery of Heroin (Felonies), Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin (Felony), and Bail Jumping.

In July 2019 the Court ordered an 8-year sentence for Paul on a conviction for one count of Class D Felony Possess w/Intent-Heroin(>10-50g). Paul is to serve 4 years of initial confinement followed by 4 years of extended supervision. Paul’s remaining charges were dismissed but read in.

Johnson Joseph Browneagle, of Minneapolis, MN, was also arrested and online circuit court records indicate that he was extradited on an out of state warrant.



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