SAWYER COUNTY -- A Springbrook man has been charged with multiple counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine in Sawyer County according to court papers filed on December 6, 2017.
Travis Kraft, 27, faces 12 ½ years in prison on each of two counts of delivery, an additional 12 ½ years on being a party to the crime of delivery and 3 1/5 years on possession of methamphetamine charges.
According to the criminal complaints, Kraft sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant (CI) on January 24 and February 16 of this year, and on November 9, was charged with delivery of meth and possession of meth during a traffic stop near G-2 gas station.
The controlled buy on January 24 was done at the Subway on Hwy B near the casino, according to the criminal complaint. A Sawyer County detective was contacted by a CI who said Kraft had offered to sell that person meth.
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the CI was contacted by Kraft and they chose the location to meet. Another deputy drove by the residence where Kraft was believed to be staying and provided a plate number to a tan vehicle which came back to Kraft’s father. The vehicle information was relayed to other officers who were assisting with the buy, the complaint states.
The complaint further stated that the original deal was for CI to buy 1/8 of an ounce of meth (8-ball) from Kraft, but Kraft said he could only provide a gram at $120. The CI was provided $150 in prerecorded buy funds.
Officers observed the CI and Kraft meet at the Subway. At approximately 3:18 p.m., CI turned over a small gem bag with black spades on it that had what weighed out to be 1.0 gram of methamphetamine, tested positive with a reagent test kit, according to the complaint.
On February 16, 2017, at approximately 8:33 a.m., the CI contacted the detective again and said Kraft had offered to sell her an 8-ball of meth for $220. Kraft told the CI that CI could drive with him to a residence in Drytown on the LCO Reservation to get the meth. They agreed to meet in Hayward, according to the complaint.
At approximately 11:28, CI and Kraft are at a residence in Drytown where another male is heard getting into the vehicle. The male is identified as Jeremy Nmi Wade, who has also been charged with delivery of meth, filed on December 6, 2017, in Sawyer County Circuit Court.
The detective meets CI at the prearranged spot and CI turns over electronic surveillance equipment and a small gem bag with a white crystal-like substance believed to be meth.
According to the complaint, CI stated that Wade did not provide an 8 ball, but only a gram, and said he was going to get more. Wade was going to charge CI $140 for the gram but didn’t have change so he charged $144. CI reported to detectives that she didn’t know who the male was, but asked Kraft and Kraft said his name was Jeremy, and CI asked if it was Jeremy Wade, and Kraft said yes. The detective accessed social media and showed CI a photo of Jeremy Wade and CI confirmed it to be Wade.
On November 9, 2017, a Sawyer County deputy noticed a vehicle travel by G-2 gas station without a functioning tail lamp. He ran the plate on the vehicle and it came back to a woman with a Washburn County warrant, according to the complaint.
After pulling the vehicle over, the woman was a passenger and Kraft was the driver. After placing the woman under arrest for the warrant, the deputy asked her if she had anything on her, and she said she had meth in her bra. He allowed her to retrieve the meth.
“When she handed me the gem bag, she told me the driver, Travis gave it to her because he assumed they would be getting pulled over when they initially passed me near the G-2 Gas Station,” the deputy reported.
The deputy placed Kraft in warden’s vehicle who was on scene assisting while he searched the vehicle. During the search, according to the complaint, the deputy found a green colored tin container, labeled “Mentos” for breath mints inside of a backpack. Inside the container he found approximately three gem baggies, two of which had a white colored residue believed to be methamphetamine.
The Washburn County deputy on scene to take the woman into custody on the warrant, said he had a swab to test it for meth, which the test showed it be positive for the presence of meth.
The complaint further states the woman said Travis Kraft freaked out when they passed the squad and handed her a bag of meth and told her to hide it. She said she put it in her bra. She said everything happened so fast she did not really have time to think about what she was doing. The deputy then informed Kraft he was under arrest for possession of meth. Kraft admitted to owning the backpack but said somebody must have put the meth in there, the complaint stated. The deputy asked him if he handed anything to the woman prior to the stop and he said no. The deputy informed him what the woman said, and he still denied her story.
The deputy reported to the woman that Kraft denied giving the bag to her, and the woman was surprised he was lying and not admitting the bag belonged to him, the complaint stated.
The deputy then told Kraft he didn’t want to charge someone else for something that wasn’t theirs, and he stated, “well since you’re already going to charge me with it, I’ll take that one too.” The deputy then told him he didn’t want to charge him if it wasn’t his, and Kraft stated that he handed it to her and that he’ll take the charge.
The deputy then began searching Kraft while placing him under arrest and asked if there would be anything he would find. Kraft said he didn’t know and said the jacket wasn’t his. In a jacket pocket, according to the complaint, the deputy found a white colored AWS digital weighing scale which is commonly used for weighing narcotics.
The meth in the gem bag located on the woman weighed 1.53 grams according to the complaint. Kraft has his initial appearance on the charges on February 6m 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sawyer County Courthouse.
Jeremy Wade faces his delivery of meth charge on Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Circuit Court records show Wade was sentenced to three years on probation on July 11 of this year for driving a vehicle without owner’s consent and felony bail jumping. He was credited with 120 days in jail as time served.
The Sawyer County Jail Inmate Roster shows Wade as an inmate convicted awaiting sentencing.
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.