WASHBURN COUNTY -- A vehicle was stopped for speeding on July 18, 2021, in Washburn County, leading to the seizure of over 30 grams of methamphetamine. Criminal charges for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver have been filed against the driver of the vehicle, identified as Jason Hanson, of Spooner, WI.

A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper stopped the vehicle after observing it straddling the white fog line while driving 65 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The vehicle drifted completely onto the gravel on the side of the road and slowly came to a stop.

The Trooper made contact with the driver of the vehicle who identified himself as Hanson. The Trooper noticed that Hanson’s hand was shaking, his leg was twitching, he was breathing in short and rapid breaths.  A second State Patrol unit responded to the scene to assist and also conducted field sobriety tests with Hanson to determine if he was safe to drive. The criminal complaint states that there were not enough signs of intoxication to arrest for operating while intoxicated.

A State Patrol K9 Unit was deployed around Hanson’s vehicle and the K9 indicated that there were controlled substances inside the vehicle. Under the driver’s seat of the vehicle a Trooper located a case containing dozens of gem bags; cut and melted straws; a spoon with methamphetamine residue; multiple syringes and vials.

Also under the driver’s seat Troopers located another case containing empty gem bags; a pink spoon with methamphetamine residue; and two large ziplock bags containing methamphetamine. Inside a backpack in the vehicle Troopers found a digital scale with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine. The criminal complaint states that the total amount of methamphetamine located was over 30 grams.

A criminal complaint was filed in Washburn County charging Hanson with Class D Felony Possession With Intent To Deliver Methamphetamine; and Misdemeanor Bail Jumping. Online circuit court records show that Hanson was placed on a $500 cash bond at a hearing on July 19, 2021.

Hanson appeared most recently on August 4, 2021, when he waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the drug charges and the Court found probable cause to bind his case over for trial. At the hearing on August 4, 2021, Hanson also plead guilty to a Misdemeanor charge of Domestic Disorderly Conduct filed against him in a separate court case. Hanson is scheduled to appear again in September 2021 regarding the methamphetamine charges.

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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