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SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has ordered cash bonds of $25K each for Johnny Ray Smith, Jr. (pictured right) and Jeremy Shumate (pictured left) for criminal charges including possession of Fentanyl with intent to distribute.

On June 8, 2022, shortly before 2a, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for defective exhaust. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Johnny Ray Smith, Jr. The passenger of the vehicle initially identified himself as Patrick Shumate, however, a check of booking photo records confirmed that the passenger was not Patrick, but instead was Jeremy Shumate.

While Deputies were speaking with Smith and Shumate, they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court. Deputies determined that both Smith and Shumate had active warrants for their arrest and they were taken into custody.

During the course of the traffic stop Deputies located numerous substances that field tested positive for controlled substances including nearly 9 grams of fentanyl, over 13 grams of meth, over 60 grams of marijuana, and a syringe containing approximately 12 units of a liquid suspected to be heroin. In addition, over 50 grams of another substance that tested positive for fentanyl was also located. The criminal complaint states that further testing of the substances will be conducted by the crime lab.

Smith is charged with Class E Felony Posses with Intent Fentanyl (<=10g), Second and Subsequent Offense; Class D Felony Possess with Intent Methamphetamine (>10-50g), Second and Subsequent Offense; Misdemeanor Possession of THC; and Misdemeanor Operating While Revoked.

Shumate is charged with Class E Felony Posses with Intent Fentanyl (<=10g), Second and Subsequent Offense; Class D Felony Possess with Intent Methamphetamine (>10-50g), Second and Subsequent Offense; Class I Felony Possession of THC (2nd+ Offense); and Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer.

Online circuit court records show that both Shumate and Smith appeared in Sawyer County Circuit Court for probable cause hearings on June 8, 2022. The Hon. John Yackel ordered $25,000 cash bonds for each of the two men.

Shumate is also facing charges of Class E Felony Manuf/Deliver Schedule I, II Narcotics, Second or Subsequent Offense; and Class E Felony Manufacture/Deliver Fentanyl (<=10g), Second and Subsequent Offense filed against him in July 2022 in two other Sawyer County Circuit Court cases. Details of those other two cases are not known to DrydenWire at the time of this post. Shumate appeared most recently on July 1, 2022, while in custody and he is scheduled to appear again in August 2022.

Smith appeared most recently on July 18, 2022, while in custody, and according to online circuit court records, his defense counsel filed a speedy trial demand on his behalf. At the time of this post, Smith’s trial date was not listed in online court records.

Smith is also charged with Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked in a separate Sawyer County Circuit Court case filed against him in August 2020. Details of that case are not known, however, online court records indicate that Shumate had failed to appear for a sentencing hearing on that case in September 2021, leading to the warrant for his arrest.

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.

Last Update: Jul 22, 2022 5:21 am CDT

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