BARRON COUNTY -- Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says that the meth problem in Northwest Wisconsin has no borders citing a press release today which stemmed from a multiple-county investigation spanning Barron, Burnett, Polk, & Washburn.

(Press Release) -- On September 22, 2018, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Criminal Investigation in stopping a vehicle in Polk County reference an active drug case they were working.

During that stop Luke Libner, 37 of Rice Lake, was taken into custody on possession of meth charges and will be charged in Polk County. Libner was in possession of 4 ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of about $5000.00.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Burnett County Sheriff Department then served a search warrant at a residence in Burnett County reference this case and 1⁄4 ounce of meth was located along with meth distribution material, baggies, packaging material etc. Burnett County arrested two people at this location for various drug charges.

Another search was then done in Washburn County with the assistance of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department and a male subject was taken into custody on various charges including possession of meth and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the Libner case.

As you can see, the meth problem in northwest Wisconsin has no boarders and Meth remains the #1 issue in Barron County and across Northwest Wisconsin. Together with tips, active law enforcement investigations and the willingness of everyone to help and support people that want recovery, we can and will tackle this issue.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff



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