BURNETT COUNTY -- Felony charges for Class I Possession of Methamphetamine have been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against a Shell Lake, WI man.
The criminal complaint filed on August 9, 2017, against Ricardo Romero of Shell Lake, WI states that in May of 2016 a Danbury Casino employee found a Marlboro Blend 27 cigarette pack which contained methamphetamine along with seven cigarettes.
When surveillance footage was reviewed of the area where the cigarette pack was found, a woman was seen using one of the slot machines in the casino. The criminal complaint goes on to state that she was then seen removing the cigarette pack from her purse. She continued to gamble for a short time and then got up and left the cigarette pack behind. No one else was seen touching the cigarette pack until the casino employee found it and picked it up.
According to the criminal complaint, the surveillance footage showed the employee doing a "double take" when he opened the cigarette pack, and then he took it to security.
Security did locate the woman who was still in the casino and subsequently told her to leave. In a later interview with the St. Croix Tribal Police Department, Ricardo Romero reportedly admitted that he was at the casino on that date with the woman seen in the surveillance footage.
Romero allegedly told officers that he and the woman smoke the same type of cigarettes and that the pack containing the methamphetamine belonged to him, but he had left it "lying around" and the woman had picked it up by mistake.
Romero appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court today, September 13 regarding his felony charges. The Court placed Romero on a signature bond.
The maximum penalty for Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine is imprisonment for not more than 3 years, 6 months, or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
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.