Over 130 Grams of Cocaine Seized in Controlled Buy Investigation

Monday, February 19, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

Sawyer County Law Enforcement, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), conducted an investigation early in 2017 involving multiple controlled buys of Cocaine, resulting in the location and seizure of over 130 grams of Cocaine.

Criminal charges are filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against Stacharae Larson and Jack Willison, both of Winter, WI, according to online circuit court records.

Larson is charged with Class D Felony Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of Cocaine (more than 15 grams but less than 40 grams), Class D Deliver Cocaine (more than 15 grams but less than 40 grams), Class E Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 5 grams but less than 15 grams), and 3 counts of Class F Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 1 gram but less than 5 grams).

Charges of Class C Felony Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of Cocaine (more than 40 grams), Class C Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine (more than 40 grams; In or Near a Jail), Class D Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 15 grams but less than 40 grams; Party to a Crime), and Class F Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 1 gram but less than 5 grams; Party to a Crime.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Sawyer County Court against Larson, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department and DCI carried out a lengthy investigation from January 1, 2017 through April 7, 2017. During the course of this investigation, confidential informants cooperated with law enforcement to purchase cocaine from Larson on multiple occasions at locations in the City of Hayward. 

Larson and Willison allegedly sold smaller amounts of cocaine to informants during the first part of the investigation. This led to law enforcement applying for warrants to install GPS tracking devices on the vehicles which Larson and Willison were using to meet the informants. 

The criminal complaint goes on to state that during the first days of April 2017, a deal was brokered in which Larson allegedly stated that she and Willison could obtain a larger amount of cocaine for an informant. A few days later, law enforcement intercepted Willison who was allegedly on his way back to the Hayward area. Information gathered from the GPS tracking device on Willison’s vehicle confirmed that the vehicle had travelled to the Chicago, Illinois area.

Over 100 grams of cocaine was ultimately seized from Willison as a result of this arrest. According to the criminal complaint, one bag of cocaine was located during the process of placing Willison under arrest, and a second bag of cocaine was located after Willison was transported to the Sawyer County Jail. Officers told Willison that if he carried any contraband into the jail with him, there could be additional criminal charges for that, but the criminal complaint states that Willison did not respond to officers. During a search of Willison’s person at the jail, the second bag was allegedly located in his anus. 

Online circuit court records show that both Larson and Willison have made several appearances in Sawyer County Circuit Court regarding their criminal charges and both are under bond conditions including no contact with each other. Plea /sentencing hearings are scheduled for both Larson and Willison later this week.

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.

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