SHELL LAKE, Wis. -- A Shell Lake, WI man facing felony methamphetamine charges in Washburn County Circuit Court has been sentenced to probation after entering a plea of guilty to a reduced charge.

Online circuit court records show that Dustin Klopp, of Shell Lake, appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on January 17, 2018. A Jury Trial had been scheduled for Klopp on his charges, but a plea hearing was held instead. reported on July 10, 2017, that charges of Felony Possession of Methamphetamine had been filed against Klopp after an incident in October 2016 when the Shell Lake Police Department made contact with Klopp at his residence in Shell Lake after receiving a request to place Klopp under arrest from the Spooner Police Department. Klopp was wanted in connection with a theft complaint from the ShopKo store in Spooner, WI where Klopp had previously been employed.

During the process of placing Klopp under arrest, officers located methamphetamine in Klopp’s jacket.

A separate case was also filed against Klopp in November 2016 in Washburn County Circuit Court charging him with Misdemeanor Retail Theft.

According to online circuit court records, at his plea hearing on January 17, 2018, the Court accepted guilty pleas from Klopp on a reduced charge of Misdemeanor Possession of Amphetamine/LSD/Psilocin and the charge of Misdemeanor Retail Theft. 

Klopp was sentenced to 2 years of probation on his convictions. Conditions of Klopp’s probation prohibit him from consuming any alcohol, entering any premises that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises, and consuming or possessing any controlled substances unless prescribed.

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SHELL LAKE, Wis. -- A Shell Lake man facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine has requested a jury trial which is now scheduled for January 2018.

According to the criminal complaint, in October 2016, Spooner Police Department requested that Shell Lake Police Department attempt to locate Dustin Klopp at his residence within the city of Shell Lake and place him under arrest for theft allegations from ShopKo where Klopp had previously been employed.

When Shell Lake Police Officers made contact with Klopp and told him he was being placed under arrest due to Spooner Police Department's request, he reportedly became very agitated and attempted to take off the coat he was wearing prior to being handcuffed. Officers then advised Klopp that he would be patted down for officer safety to determine if he had any weapons on his person. Klopp allegedly refused to obey the officer's commands at that point.

Ultimately Klopp was placed under arrest and was transported to the Washburn County Jail. Klopp then reportedly admitted to officers that he had methamphetamine concealed in his jacket and allegedly told the officers they would laugh when they saw it.

After Klopp had been transported to the Washburn County Jail, the substance was located in a pocket of Klopp's jacket and later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Law enforcement contacted Washburn County Health and Human Services regarding the children living in the home, ages 12 and 7 at the time, as Klopp was identified as the primary caregiver for those children whenever their mother was at work.

When the mother of the children was interviewed by law enforcement, she indicated that Klopp provides care for the children when she is at work and also stated that she thought Klopp was obtaining the tools and flashlights with his employee discount when he was still employed by ShopKo. The criminal complaint states that she also confirmed to officers that there were two firearms located within the home.

In November of 2016, charges of Misdemeanor Retail Theft were also filed against Klopp.

A jury trial was scheduled for late October of 2017 on Klopp's Felony charges for Possession of Methamphetamine, however, according to public record, the jury trial has now been moved to January 17, 2018, following a request for adjournment.

On October 28th Klopp was placed on a Signature Bond for $500. 

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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