Second Man Sentenced in Spooner Drug Bust Case

Sunday, April 29, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


A Trego, WI man has been sentenced on his charges resulting from a Spooner Police drug bust case from December 2016.

Nicholas Graham is the second local man to be sentenced in the Spooner PD drug bust case.

Nicholas Graham, William Graham, and Matthew Mustafa were all charged criminally following a drug bust by the Spooner Police Department in December 2016 which was the result of a lengthy investigation involving many tips and multiple search warrants. DrydenWire.com reported in May 2017 (see below) that charges were filed against the three local men, following a six-month investigation by law enforcement which revealed that the three men were involved in the distribution of controlled substances.

At a recent hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court, Nicholas was sentenced to 2 years of probation on his conviction for Class I Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (Marijuana). 

In a separate case, Nicholas was also sentenced on a conviction for Class I Felony Theft of Movable Property. The details of that case are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time, however, online circuit court records indicate that the conditions of Nicholas’ probation will require him to pay nearly $6,000 in restitution in monthly payments. If Nicholas misses one payment, the Court ordered that he must serve 20 days of imposed and stayed jail time.

DrydenWire.com reported in December 2017 (see below) that Mustafa was sentenced to 3 years of probation on his conviction for Class I Felony Possess With Intent Marijuana.

William Graham is scheduled to be sentenced on his charges in July 2018.

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Court Orders Probation for Man Charged in Spooner Drug Bust

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | by Ben Dryden


The Court has ordered probation for a man convicted in a Spooner Police Department drug bust case from December 2016. 

Matthew Mustafa, charged in Washburn County Circuit Court following a drug bust by the Spooner Police Department, appeared on December 18, 2017, for a sentencing hearing regarding his conviction for Class I Felony Possess w/Intent THC (Marijuana). 

Online circuit court records show that Mustafa has been sentenced to 3 years of probation under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Probation & Parole. Conditions of Mustafa’s probation include that he not consume any alcohol, or possess or consume any controlled substances unless prescribed. The Court also ordered Mustafa to have no contact with the other 2 individuals who received charges from this drug bust: Nicholas & William Graham. 

According to online circuit court records, a 2-day Jury Trial has been scheduled in April 2018, for William Graham regarding his charges. Nicholas Graham is scheduled to be sentenced in his case in March 2018.

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2 Men Set to be Sentenced on Charges of Dealing Marijuana in Washburn County

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | by Ben Dryden


Two men facing felony charges in Washburn County Circuit Court after a Spooner Police Department drug bust in December 2016 have entered pleas with the Court. A third man has yet to plea to any of his charges from the incident, according to online circuit court records.

On May 31, 2017, DrydenWire.com reported that charges had been filed against Matthew Mustafa, of Spooner, WI; Nicholas Graham, of Trego, WI; and William Graham, also of Trego, WI, following an investigation by the Spooner Police Department with assistance from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a criminal complaint, the Spooner Police Department had received tips dating back to June 2016 which indicated that the three men were involved in the distribution of controlled substances in Washburn County. During a traffic stop in the city of Spooner on December 5, 2016, police officers detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle which was being driven by Matthew Mustafa. William Graham was a passenger in the vehicle.

A K9 search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding marijuana and nearly $2,000 in cash. Matthew and William were placed under arrest. Search warrants were obtained and the results of those search warrants led to criminal charges being filed against all three men.

Nicholas Graham


At a hearing on December 13, 2017, Nicholas Graham entered a plea of guilty to his charge of Class I Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (Marijuana). Circuit Court records indicate that Nicholas also entered a plea of guilty to a charge of Class I Felony Theft of Movable Property in a separate case. The details of that case are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.

Matthew Mustafa


Matthew Mustafa plead No Contest to his charge of Class I Felony Possess w/Intent THC (Marijuana) in October 2017. Charges of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia were dismissed and read in by the Court.

Matthew is scheduled to be sentenced in Washburn County Circuit Court later this month. Nicholas is set to be sentenced by the Court in March of next year.

William Graham


No plea has been entered by William Graham at the time of this post. William is charged with 3 counts of Class H Felony Battery or Threat to a Law Enforcement Officer, Class I Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (Marijuana), Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing, Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, and Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana).

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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Felony Charges Filed Against 3 Local Men After Drug Bust in Spooner

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | by Ben Dryden


An investigation by the Spooner Police Department, with assistance from Washburn County Sheriff's Office, involving multiple search warrants regarding phone records, a vehicle, and a residence has resulted in several felony charges being filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Matthew Mustafa (19), of Spooner, WI; William Graham (23), of Trego, WI; and Nicholas Graham (19), also of Trego, WI.

The criminal complaints state that Spooner Police Department had received tips dating back to June of 2016 which indicated that William, Matthew, and Nicholas were all involved in the distribution of controlled substances in Washburn County and in the City of Spooner. The criminal complaints also state that Matthew reported a burglary at his residence in November and that when officers responded they could smell the odor of marijuana. Officers also observed a security system at the residence which enabled those inside to see anyone approaching the residence as well as a safe. Matthew reportedly indicated to officers that marijuana had also been stolen from his residence during the burglary.

On December 5, 2016, shortly after midnight, a Spooner Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an improper stop at a stop sign. According to the criminal complaints, the officer could smell the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Matthew Mustafa. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as William Graham.

At the time of the traffic stop on December 5, 2016, Spooner Police Department's K9 Officer was brought in to conduct a search of the vehicle. When the K9 was given the command to search, he immediately jumped into the open trunk of the vehicle, actively searching with his nose. The K9 scanned past the rear passenger door of the vehicle and alerted at the front passenger door by standing motionless. The K9 repeated this alert on the driver's side of the vehicle. The criminal complaints state that officers located green material in the vehicle which field tested positive for marijuana as well as an empty silver plastic zip lock bag which had the odor of raw marijuana.

The officers also observed 2 cell phones in the vehicle which were continuously alerting with received messages and phone calls. Additionally during a search of Matthew while he was being arrested, officers found 2 wallets on his person; one belonging to Matthew and one belonging to William. Matthew stated to officers that he was holding William's wallet because William didn't want to lose it. Between the two wallets, officers found a total of $1,748 in U.S. Currency. When officers asked Matthew about the substance found in the vehicle, he denied the presence of marijuana in the vehicle and stated that the odor came from someone who had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle earlier.

Both William and Matthew were placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana. During the December 5, 2016, traffic stop, William reportedly became verbally combative with officers, yelling profanities and creating a disturbance.

When officers arrived at the Washburn County jail with William, the criminal complaints state that he began fighting with a Jail Deputy and one of the Spooner Officers, continually spitting at them and physically resisting their efforts to place him in the holding cell while stating that he was going to “beat” all of the officers in the cell. William also allegedly stated that he knew where three of the officers lived and then stated that he was going to go each of their homes and burn them down; as well as stating that he was going to kill the family of one of the officers, including that officer's father.

The criminal complaints continue, stating that Spooner Police Department obtained search warrants for Matthew's vehicle, residence and cell phone and also for William's cell phone. During the execution of the search warrants, Matthew, William, and Nicholas all arrived on scene. The criminal complaints state that as a result of these search warrants officers located many items of drug paraphernalia including a glass bong, two pipes and pipe cleaners and rolling papers as well as large amounts of currency.

Nicholas spoke with the officers during the execution of these search warrants, and after Miranda rights were read to Nicholas, the criminal complaint states that he gave the officers permission to search his cell phone and provided a passcode for it.

The criminal complaint filed against Nicholas states that ultimately officers were able to review messages in Nicholas' phone dating back at least to June, July, and August of 2016. The criminal complaint includes a sampling of these messages and the content of those implicates Nicholas in the distribution of illegal narcotics with conversations regarding quantities and prices for marijuana, as well as discussing locations of where not to conduct drug deals.

Several messages reportedly retrieved from Nicholas' phone that are included in the criminal complaint filed against Nicholas reference a “Matt”. One message asks Nicholas “Can you break into Matt's dabs??” In another conversation reference is made to “Matt” picking up “wax”. The criminal complaint states that law enforcement believes these messages refer to Matthew Mustafa. One message from July of 2016 indicates that Nicholas had a connection in Chicago and states: “The plugs from Chicago so it should be able to be a steady flow.” The complaint states later that a Spooner Police Officer confirmed that the term 'plug' is used to describe a drug dealer.

The search warrant obtained for the cell phone belonging to William revealed messages dating back at least to November 2016. The criminal complaint filed against William includes the content of several messages reportedly retrieved from William's cell phone which indicate William's participation in the distribution of marijuana and include conversations arranging times and places to meet other parties who were looking for marijuana.

One message refers to “Nick” having “split it up”. In another message, William states: “I'm weighing it up now,”; followed later with: “Because I got to sell weed.” The last message reportedly from William's phone that is included in the criminal complaint states: “I don't smoke weed man. I only sell it.”

The criminal complaint filed against Matthew states that officers were able to retrieve messages dating back at least to December 2016 from Matthew's cell phone with the access obtained via the search warrant. The criminal complaint contains a sampling of the content retrieved by law enforcement including conversations regarding amounts of marijuana, specific types of marijuana, and prices for marijuana. Officers also reportedly retrieved photographs from Matthew's cell phone of green plant material recognizable as marijuana and 'dabs' (marijuana wax).

In one conversation reportedly retrieved from Matthew's cell phone and included in the criminal complaint filed against Matthew, another party asks Matthew “How much for a zip” and then “or a QP?”. Matthew responds with “700 a zip or 2200 for a qp I think”. In another conversation, Matthew states: “I grabbed some new stuff last night” and refers to it as “purple hindu kush.” The criminal complaint states that a Spooner Police Officer confirmed that “zip” and “QP” are terms for quantities of marijuana.

On April 11, 2017, the Washburn County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Matthew Mustafa for Class I Felony Conspiracy to Commit Possession with Intent to Deliver THC (marijuana); Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana; and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Charges were also filed on April 11, 2017 by the Washburn County District Attorney's Office against William Graham for 3 counts of Class H Felony Threat to Law Enforcement Officer (listing the 3 individual officers that William threatened during the incident on December 5, 2016); Class I Felony Conspiracy to Manufacture or Deliver THC (marijuana); Class A Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer; Class B Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct; and Misdemeanor Possession of THC (marijuana).

On May 2, 2017, one count of Class I Felony Conspiracy to Manufacture or Deliver THC (marijuana) was filed against Nicholas Graham by the Washburn County District Attorney's Office.

Public record shows that all three men have been placed under conditions of bail bonds and have appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on their charges. William is scheduled to appear again on June 29, 2017; Matthew is scheduled to appear again on July 17, 2017; and Nicholas is scheduled to appear next on June 2, 2017.

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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