Six Arrested in Wis. Rapids Drug Bust
By Joe Bachman
Six Wisconsin Rapids residents are facing drug charges after a search warrant turned up a multitude of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
According to reports, on Dec. 22 a search warrant was executed by the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department along with members of the Wood County Drug Task Force at a residence on the 900 block of Baker St.
Inside, officers identified 34-year-old Jesse Gardner, 38-year-old Paula Garrison, 39-year-old Rocco Grasso, 25-year-old Tiffany Marshall, and 32-year-old Doua Moua as residents of the address. 19-year-old Kassidy Stelzer was identified in a vehicle in the driveway.
During the search, in a bedroom belonging to Moua and Marshall, officers found 7.9 grams of methamphetamine, two bags of marijuana, and in a silver container, a zip-loc bag containing 31.68 grams of methamphetamine. Another 16.47 grams of marijuana was found in a drawer nearby.
Police discovered a ledger with known methamphetamine users and dealers written on it. Also found was an envelope containing amounts of money and weights for that money, and a grinder containing marijuana with the name ‘Doua Moua’ written on it. Officers also found several digital scales and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom.
According to Moua, he and Marshall lived at the residence, and paid rent money to Garrison. Moua was currently out on bond for firearm charges and was to commit no further crimes.
Police searched the bedroom belonging to Garrison and Grasso and located a digital scale, smoking devices, and a blue container with marijuana inside. Officers also located a drug packaging kit with baggies, angled plastic straws used for scooping and transporting substances into gem bags, as well as 0.56 grams of methamphetamine.
In Gardner’s bedroom, several gem bags were found containing a white residue, drug paraphernalia, and plastic straws. Gardner was currently out on bail at the time for previous drug charges.
Outside, police searched Stelzer and located a capsule containing methamphetamine. Stelzer was also currently out on bail for previous drug charges.
If convicted, Marshall faces up to 28 years imprisonment and up to $35,000 in fines for possession of amphetamines with intent to sell, and maintaining a drug trafficking place. She has added minor charges of possession of THC and drug paraphernalia. Her initial court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23.
Moua faces up to 38 years imprisonment and up to $45,000 in fines for possession of amphetamines with intent to sell, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and bail jumping. His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 17.
Garrison faces up to seven years imprisonment and up to $20,000 in fines for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug trafficking place. Her court date is set for Jan. 23. Grasso faces only three years and six months imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. His day in court is scheduled for Jan. 17.
Stelzer faces up to nine years and six months imprisonment and up to $20,000 in fines for possession of methamphetamine and bail jumping. Her preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 17. Gardner faces bail jumping charges and up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. Her court date is set for Jan. 23.