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POLK COUNTY -- A search warrant was executed at an Osceola, WI residence on February 13, 2020 by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force, and Osceola Police Department, according to a probable cause report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Inside the residence, authorities found 2 adult females and several juveniles. One of the adult females was identified as Marlaina Tibbetts. Note: At the time of this post, no charges were listed in online circuit court records against the second adult female, so her name is not included here.
In the living room of the residence a purse was found, within the reach of the children in the residence, and containing over 130 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, a digital scale, and a credit card with Tibbett’s name on it.
It was determined that Tibbetts had been living in the basement area of the residence for approximately a month. Numerous items related to drug use were found in the basement including a digital scale with suspected methamphetamine residue inside a laundry basket of clothing in a child’s bedroom.
Inside the attached garage of the residence, another bag was found which contained a small amount of methamphetamine, more items of drug paraphernalia including another digital scale with residue on it, and a bong with suspected methamphetamine residue in the bottom of it.
Tibbetts was taken into custody and at a hearing on February 14, 2020, the Court placed her on a $7,500 cash bond.
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Online circuit court records show that Tibbetts is charged with two counts of Class C Felony Possess w/Intent-Amphetamine (>50g), Class D Felony Possess w/ Intent-Amphetamine(>10-50g), Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Class I Felony Neglecting a Child (Harm Did Not Occur and Child Under 6 Years or Disability), two counts of Misdemeanor Neglecting a Child (Specified Harm Did Not Occur), Misdemeanor Possess THC (Marijuana) Party to a Crime, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia, Party to a Crime. All charges filed against Tibbetts have a penalty enhancer attached for a Repeat Offender.
A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled later this month regarding the charges filed against Tibbetts.
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