RUSK COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced the second of two men who were arrested and charged following a Rusk County drug bust in July 2018.

DrydenWire published a post in July of 2018 regarding a drug bust in Rusk County that led to the arrest of two men, Adam Libbey and James Berman.

Over an ounce (28 grams) of methamphetamine, over 11 grams of marijuana, digital scales, methamphetamine smoking devices, marijuana smoking devices, packaging materials, and items with false compartments were located as a result of the investigation.

Adam Libbey


Libbey was charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Class I Felony Possession of THC, 2nd + Offense; and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

James Berman


Berman was charged with Class D Felony Manufacture/Deliver Amphetamine(>10-50g); Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Class I Felony Possession of THC (2nd+ Offense); and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Berman appeared recently for a sentencing hearing regarding his charges. The Court ordered a withheld sentence; 3 years of probation and 30 days jail on convictions for an amended count of Class E Felony Manufacture/Deliver Amphetamine(>3-10g) and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. The remaining charges against Berman were dismissed but read in.

Berman was ordered to complete an alcohol and other drug assessment and follow through with recommendations. Conditions of probation will also require Berman to complete 50 hours of uncompensated community service.

Libbey was previously sentenced at a hearing in March 2020 on convictions of Class I Felony Possession of THC (2nd+ Offense) and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia, according to online court records. The remaining charges against Libbey were dismissed but read in.

The Court ordered a withheld sentence for Libbey; 2 years of probation and 84 days of jail time.

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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