Colfax man pleads not guilty following drug raid

MENOMONIE — A 48-year-old Colfax man has pleaded not guilty to charges filed following a drug raid on his downtown Colfax apartment March 25.

Dennis K. Mittelstadt appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court March 31 for a preliminary hearing on two felony counts of delivering methamphetamine, one felony county of maintaining a drug trafficking place, one felony count of bail jumping and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Dan Westlund, an investigator with the West Central Drug Task Force out of the Menomonie Police Department, testified that he had arranged for a confidential informant to conduct two controlled buys of methamphetamine from Mittelstadt on March 3 and March 23 at Mittelstadt’s 601 Main Street apartment.

The confidential informant gave the purchase to Westlund, who testified that he had field tested the substance and that it tested positive for methamphetamine.

The confidential informant was wearing a recording device for both buys, Westlund said.

A search warrant was executed at the Main Street apartment on March 25, and investigators found drug paraphernalia at the residence, he said.

At the time of the March 25 raid, Mittelstadt was out of jail on a $1,000 signature bond for one felony count of possessing methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The first set of drug charges stemmed from a search of his apartment December 18 after his sister, Beth Mittelstadt, had threatened the Colfax police chief and several Dunn County deputies with a machete and had been shot by the police chief.

Judge James Peterson found probable cause regarding the charges brought against Dennis Mittelstadt  after the March 25 drug raid and ordered Mittelstadt bound over for trial.

Judge Peterson also accepted Mittelstadt’s plea of not guilty.

Judge Peterson set a $5,000 cash bail for Mittelstadt after the drug raid, and Mittelstadt’s attorney, Kerry Kelm, argued at the March 31 court hearing for a reduced bail.

Mittelstadt is requesting that the cash bail be reduced so he can go back to his apartment to get medication that he needs, Kelm told the court.

Jail personnel should contact human services so Mittelstadt can get the medication, Judge Peterson said.

The jail has a responsibility for Mittelstadt’s physical and mental health, he said.

Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf had initially asked for a $10,000 cash bail.

Because of the seriousness of methamphetamine and because Mittelstadt was out on bail on another matter when the drug raid occurred, Judge Peterson said he believed it was appropriate to leave the bail at $5,000 cash.

Mittelstadt is scheduled for another court hearing April 20.

McMullin

Alicia McMullin, 39, also appeared before Judge Peterson March 31 during the same hearing as Mittelstadt.

McMullin was arrested at Mittelstadt’s apartment during the March 25 drug raid and as a result is charged with one felony count of bail jumping and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Nodolf said she was prepared to offer McMullin immunity in exchange for testimony against her boyfriend and that investigators needed to interview McMullin to obtain information from her.

The offer of immunity is dependent upon McMullin’s truthfulness in her interview with investigators, Nodolf said.

In addition to the charges associated with the March 25 drug raid, McMullin is charged with two felony counts  — manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine and the purchase of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of facilitating another’s manufacture of methamphetamine — that are the result of an arrest in 2014.

McMullin was out of jail on a $1,000 signature bond for the previous charges at the time of her arrest March 25 and was in custody at the time of the March 31 court hearing.

A two-day jury trial is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court for April 8 and April 9 on the 2014 drug charges.

A status conference was scheduled April 6.