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Probable cause found in Third Avenue drug case

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — A Dunn County judge has found probable cause and has scheduled an arraignment for a 35-year-old Colfax woman charged with one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Katie E. Bundy, 511 East Third Avenue, Colfax, is charged with one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and four misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance, possessing an illegally obtained subscription and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Following a preliminary hearing May 17, the Honorable Judge William Stewart found probable cause in the case and scheduled an arraignment in Dunn County Circuit Court June 10.

Dunn County Deputy Richard Day, who is assigned to the West Central Drug Task Force, presented an exhibit during his testimony at the preliminary hearing of photographs of cell phone text messages to and from Bundy related to seeking and selling illegal drugs.

According to the criminal complaint, members of the West Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Bundy’s residence in Colfax at around 1 p.m. on October 10.

On their way to Bundy’s residence, officers observed Bundy in a maroon four-door vehicle driving south on state Highway 40, initiated a traffic stop, took Bundy into custody and transported her back to her residence in Colfax.

Bundy told investigators she “traded” medications back and forth with another individual, Kevin Gilbertson, and that he “owed” her 100 milligrams of Oxycodone (trade name of Percocet).

When investigators asked why numerous people were coming and going from Bundy’s residence, she said she believed they were buying and selling drugs, specifically methamphetamine and marijuana.

Bundy admitted to investigators that she used drugs with those individuals at times and also said she had a pill addiction, for which she needed help.

Inside Bundy’s residence, investigators found numerous items of drug paraphernalia and prescription bottles with pills but no labels. One bottle contained 15 Adderall, according to the complaint.

Adderall is a psychostimulant drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

During the traffic stop, a pill container was found that contained several Diazepam (Valium) and a half an acetaminophen/hydrocodone pill (Vicodin), the complaint states.