A Minong, WI couple are facing felony drug charges in Washburn County Circuit Court following an incident on May 1, 2018, when a Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down by a motorist regarding a missing person.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court, Cynthia Coshow of Minong, WI flagged down a Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy on May 1, 2018, and reported that her live-in boyfriend of 25 years, Bradley Chipman, was missing.
Coshow went on to tell the deputy that she had dropped Chipman off on Popple Shoot Fire Lane with two 5-gallon buckets and that he intended to pick rocks for her garden. She said that she returned about 10 minutes later to look for Chipman but was unable to locate him even after looking for approximately an hour, driving around and honking her car horn. She also told the deputy that she was concerned about Chipman’s health and that she was very worried that something had happened to him medically.
The Deputy had Coshow lead him to the area where she had dropped off Chipman. The criminal complaint goes on to state that the Deputy then asked Coshow what was really going on as he knew that Chipman had not actually gone into the woods to pick rocks. At that time, Coshow told the Deputy that Chipman had gone into the woods with three marijuana plants and was planning to plant them on County forest land.
Washburn County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit responded to the scene as well as investigators for Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. As law enforcement was preparing to enter the woods, another vehicle arrived, with Chipman driving. He stated to law enforcement that he had grown tired of waiting for Coshow to pick him up and had gone home and gotten another vehicle and then returned to the area because he thought perhaps Coshow had gotten stuck with their truck.
Chipman initially denied that he had planted any marijuana plants in the woods, however, according to the criminal complaint, he ultimately led deputies to where the plants were. The plants were photographed and collected by law enforcement.
Chipman and Coshow went on to give consent for law enforcement to search their residence. Prior to traveling back to the residence, law enforcement searched the couple’s vehicles for any illegal items and found a dugout and a pipe inside Chipman’s vehicle and a pipe inside Coshow’s vehicle.
During the search of their residence, the criminal complaint states that Chipman showed investigating officers where his ‘grow room’ was inside the residence and law enforcement seized the items out of that room along with 3 additional marijuana plants, an envelope from Ontario containing marijuana seeds, 3 jars containing marijuana, a scale, Ziploc baggies, and multiple devices for smoking marijuana.
While at the residence, Coshow led investigators to a freezer from which she removed 2 plastic bags containing marijuana as well as a plastic container which she stated held marijuana butter that she had made.
According to the criminal complaint, Coshow and Chipman were not placed under arrest at the time of this incident.
Chipman is charged with Class H Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (Marijuana >200-1000 grams), and 2 counts of Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Coshow is facing the same charges along with the penalty modifier, Party to a Crime. The maximum penalty for a conviction of Class H Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (Marijuana >200-1000 grams) is imprisonment for not more than 6 years, a maximum fine of $10,000, or both. A conviction on Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia carries a maximum penalty of 30 days confinement, a maximum fine of $500, or both.
Chipman and Coshow are both scheduled to make Initial Appearances in July on their criminal charges in Washburn County Circuit Court.
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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