LCO Woman Sentenced to Probation on Heroin Delivery Charge
An LCO woman, Vanessa Blackdeer, 28, was sentenced to five years of probation for possession of heroin with intent to deliver in Sawyer County Circuit Court on Dec. 20, 2018. Her probation is to run consecutive to 105 days in jail she was sentenced for and credited with time-served. The jail sentence was part of a sentence for resisting an officer and credit card-theft by acquisition.
Blackdeer pled no contest to the three charges above and three other charges were dismissed and read in as part of the plea, which included possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon and retail theft from Wal-mart, which, as part of her sentence, owes restitution of $59 to Wal-mart.
Blackdeer is also ordered to pay a fine of $498 on the heroin charge and to maintain absolute sobriety. In total, Blackdeer owes the court $1,570.40 in total applicable fines and obligations as a result of the three guilty charges.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Blackdeer, on May 25, 2017, at approximately 6:25 p.m., a Sawyer County deputy noticed a vehicle traveling north on Hwy 27 near Lakeshore Road while he was traveling south, that he had recent contact with that wasn’t registered. He did a check and discovered the vehicle still wasn’t registered.
The deputy turned around and saw the vehicle turn eastbound on Hwy K and then he lost sight of it for a moment, but found the vehicle turned into a driveway. As he approached the vehicle, Blackdeer was in the passenger seat and another woman and a small child were in the back seat, according to the complaint.
The deputy reported that the vehicle was Blackdeer’s in his recent contact and that she just purchased it, but she said she wasn’t driving and that a male was driving, and she told the deputy that she didn’t know his name. Blackdeer was revoked for an OWI offense.
As other deputies arrived on scene, the deputy noticed foot prints leading further up the driveway into a gravel pit. Sawyer County deputies were able to contact Spooner Police Dept. K9 officer to assist.
Another deputy reported that as Blackdeer was getting out of the vehicle, he saw her take something from her front pocket and stuff into her shoe. When asked, Blackdeer said it was just money, according to the complaint. Deputies told her that if she were lying she would face obstruction charges, so Blackdeer took off her shoe and they discovered a small crumpled five dollar bill with a plastic bag inside of it that had a brown powdery substance, which the deputy believed to be heroin through his training and experience.
“I then searched the rest of Blackdeer’s pockets,” the deputy reported. “In the front left pocket I found a small metal key chain container. I opened the container and inside were two more small clear plastic bags with the same brown powdery substance.”
As the deputy awaited Spooner K9, he decided to do a search of the vehicle and as he entered the driver’s side, he noticed a Nike bag on the seat that wasn’t there when he first pulled them over, so someone had placed it there while he was doing the records check, the deputy reported.
Inside the bag, the deputy found a camo wallet that held an LCO tribal ID to a male individual. He also found two syringes with one of them having a clear liquid substance inside of it.
“I found a small black digital scale and two small clear gem bags with a white powdery residue,” the deputy reported. “I found two white plastic bottles which one was empty and the other had a clear liquid substance inside.”
The deputy reported that the liquid appeared to be the same as what was found in the syringe. He also noted that the plastic bottles had no labels on them.
According to the complaint, the deputy found a box of .22 caliber ammunition in the camo bag as well, so then all the deputies took precautions because a male suspect who fled could be armed. Dispatch alerted the deputies that the male subject had a felony warrant from the Department of Corrections.
The deputies then did a track of the foot prints with the canine all the way to Stone Hill Road where they were told by a farmer who was working his field that he saw a Native American male come out of the woods and walk westbound on Stone Hill, but they were unable to locate the male, according to the complaint.
As the deputies came back to the squad where Blackdeer was being held, another deputy advised that Blackdeer was going in and out of consciousness and not making any sense. They called for an ambulance and had her transported for possible overdose, the complaint stated.
At that time, the deputy continued searching the vehicle and in a compartment under the radio and dash, between the driver and passenger, he found a loaded 380 caliber pistol. The serial numbers for the gun were filed off and unreadable, the deputy reported.
According to the complaint, as the deputy was headed to the hospital, the other deputy advised him that when the nurse removed Blackdeer’s pants, they found six syringes in a bag, a glass bottle with three small blue pills with C1 imprinted on them, a rolled up one dollar bill, and another clear plastic bag with the same brown powdery substance inside.
After Blackdeer was medically cleared from the hospital, she was arrested and taken to the Sawyer County jail on multiple charges, the complaint stated.
On May 29, the deputy arrived at the sheriff’s office to file the evidence and he found two credit cards inside of Blackdeer’s purse that had two different women’s names on them. He contacted both women and they told him they were stolen and wanted to press charges. The deputy also found another .4 grams of possible heroin in a “bindle” in her purse.
According to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Points, on Feb. 10, 2012, Blackdeer pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of THC, pled down from a felony charge, as well as, obstructing an officer, in Washburn County. She was sentenced to two years of probation but was revoked on March 12, 2013, and sentenced to six months in jail.
Blackdeer was also found guilty on two different occasions in Sawyer County for misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer as well as misdemeanor bail jumping, in which she served 60 days in jail.