SAWYER COUNTY — Felony charges have been filed against a Sawyer County couple for the second time after authorities investigated a residence for suspected drug trafficking. A third individual living at the residence is also facing felony charges.

Lynn Begay and Alexander Gillespie, Sr. are facing criminal charges along with David L. Denasha following the investigation into suspected drug trafficking that law enforcement conducted at their residence on September 16, 2019. reported previously in June 2018 that Begay and Gillespie, Sr. had been sentenced on their felony drug charges stemming from the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Begay and Gillespie. Both Begay and Gillespie were placed on probation for their drug-related convictions.

On September 11, 2019, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received information that controlled substances were currently being sold out of the house where Begay, Gillespie and Denasha were residing.

Based upon the information received, the authorities determined that a search of the residence would be appropriate.


During the search of the residence law enforcement located 2,862.5 (or 6.31 pounds) of marijuana, 173 THC Vape Cartridges, 43 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, $19, 244 in US Currency, $190 in Australian currency, $187 in Central Bank of the Bahamas Currency, vacuum bag sealer, 2,000 gram capacity digital scale, multiple glass bongs and pipes, along with other packaging materials including sandwich size bags.

Denasha had gone out of state and transported marijuana back to the residence, according to the criminal complaint which also states that some of the packaging for the marijuana indicates that it came from Oregon.

Charges of Class F Felony Possess w/ Intent-THC (>2500-10,000 g) Second & Subsequent Offense, Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place Second & Subsequent Offense, Class G Felony Possess w/ Intent-Psilocin (<=100 g) Second & Subsequent Offense, and Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia have been filed against Begay, Gillespie, and Denasha.

Lynn Begay

Alexander Gillespie, Sr.

David L. Denasha

A Sawyer County Jail Booking Report indicates that Denasha and Gillespie were booked into the Sawyer County Jail on September 16 and Begay was booked into the jail on September 19. All three appeared for bail bond hearings regarding their charges and are scheduled to appear in court again in October.

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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