WASHBURN COUNTY -- Three pounds of marijuana were seized during a recent traffic stop in Washburn County, leading to criminal charges for the 3 occupants of the vehicle.
On December 5, 2021, a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper observed a vehicle traveling faster than the posted speed limit on State Highway 53 near Highway 253. The Trooper activated his radar which indicated the vehicle was traveling at 80 miles per hour. The Trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle provided a Florida driver’s license which identified him as Cameron Jamal Jones, age 26. There were also 2 passengers in the vehicle.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Jones, the Trooper noticed a strong odor of Marijuana coming from the vehicle. The Trooper asked Jones how much marijuana was in the vehicle, and Jones replied that he had “just smoked a blunt”, and that was all they had.
The Trooper ran a check on the vehicle which returned as belonging to a car rental company. He requested backup from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a search of the vehicle based on the odor of marijuana and Jones’ admission of smoking marijuana. When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on the scene, the Trooper approached the vehicle on the driver’s side and advised the three occupants that they would all need to exit the vehicle so that a probable cause search could be conducted. All three refused to exit the vehicle.
The front seat passenger stated that she did not consent and that she wanted to talk to the Trooper’s supervisor. The Trooper advised her that he did not need her consent and that he was in charge of the traffic stop. The Trooper went on to advise Jones that at a minimum he needed to conduct field sobriety with Jones to ensure that he was safe to drive. All occupants of the vehicle continued to refuse to get out of the vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Deputy radioed for additional assistance, and a Shell Lake Police Officer responded to the scene. All three Law Enforcement Officers approached the vehicle again. Jones handed the Trooper another Florida driver’s license which identified the front seat passenger as Chyara-Elmika Ladasha Ellison, age 31.
The Trooper again advised Jones that he had to exit the vehicle. The Trooper unlocked the driver’s door, turned off the vehicle, and took the keys out of the ignition. When asked if he had any weapons, Jones shook his head no, and then unbuckled his seat belt and got out of the vehicle. Jones was then advised that he was being detained, and was placed in the back of the Trooper’s Squad.
The Trooper then asked the rear passenger, identified as Silky Crosby, of Illinois, to exit the vehicle, and he stepped out of the car. Crosby was told that he was being detained, and he was placed in the back of the Shell Lake Police Squad.
When the Trooper returned to the vehicle on the passenger side, Ellison unlocked the door and exited the vehicle. She was advised that she was being detained and was placed in the Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy’s Squad.
The Trooper then searched the vehicle, locating three 1-pound bags of green leafy material, five small packages showing marijuana, a medium-sized bag labeled marijuana, a plastic sandwich bag containing green leafy material, and another medium-sized bag of dispensary labeled marijuana.
Jones, Ellison, and Crosby were advised that they were under arrest, and they were transported to the Washburn County Jail. At the Jail, Jones refused sobriety testing. The criminal complaint states that the Trooper obtained a search warrant for a blood sample and escorted Jones to the Shell Lake Medical Center where a sample of blood was taken for testing. Results of that testing were not included in the criminal complaint at the time of this post.
On December 6, 2021, Jones, Ellison, and Crosby all appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court for bond hearings. Online circuit court records show that the State requested $5,000 cash bonds for Jones and Crosby, and the Court ordered a $2,500 cash bond for each of them.
The State requested a $2,500 cash bond for Ellison, and the Court ordered a $1,500 cash bond. Conditions of bond require all three to maintain absolute sobriety and they are prohibited from having any contact with each other.
Charges of Class G Felony Possess w/ Intent-THC (>1000-2500 grams), PTAC, as a Party to a Crime; and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer have been filed against Jones, Ellison, and Crosby. Citations for Operating While Intoxicated - First Offense, and Speeding (11-15 mph) were also issued to Jones.
All three are scheduled to appear again on December 20, 2021, regarding their criminal charges.
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