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Colfax woman sentenced to 4 years for maintaining a drug house and selling meth

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A Colfax woman arrested during a drug raid in March at 408 Cedar Street in Colfax has been sentenced to four years of incarceration and five years of probation.

Karen A. Herrera appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing July 17 before Judge James Peterson.

Judge Peterson sentenced Herrera to one year in jail on one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, three years in state prison on one felony count of manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine, and five years of probation.

Judge Peterson ordered Herrera to have no contact with Dennis Mittlestadt, Randy Johnson, Seth Swenson, Cliff Cline Jr. or any other known user or possessor of methamphetamine.

Mittelstadt, Johnson, Swenson and Cline also were arrested during the drug raid March 25 conducted by the West Central Drug Task Force in Colfax.

Herrera pleaded no contest to the two felony charges and was found guilty May 22.

In a separate case related to a domestic disturbance earlier in March, charges of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor disorderly conduct also were dismissed at the May 22 hearing but were read in to the record for sentencing.

In yet a third drug-related case from 2013, a deferred prosecution agreement for Herrera was revoked on April 30 by Judge Rod Smeltzer.

In the 2013 case, Herrera was charged with two felony counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing an illegally-obtained prescription and possessing marijuana.

During the April 30 court hearing, Judge Smeltzer revoked the deferred prosecution agreement for the felony count of possessing methamphetamine and sentenced Herrera to two years of probation, and as a condition of probation, to 120 days in the Dunn County jail.

On June 22, Mittelstadt, who also was arrested during the March drug raid, was sentenced to one year in jail with six months stayed if he is accepted into drug treatment court for maintaining a drug trafficking place and selling methamphetamine at his apartment above Colfax Arts and Antique Mall on Main Street in Colfax.

Swenson was charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

The possession charges were dismissed on a motion from the prosecutor May 4, and Judge Smeltzer found Swenson guilty of felony bail jumping and sentenced him to 60 days in jail.

Cline was found guilty following a jury trial in Dunn County in June on felony and misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and possessing drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled for a sentencing hearing August 31.

Leo Herrera, Karen Herrera’s husband, was not present at the time the search warrant was executed in March because he was still in the Dunn County jail due to a previous probation violation.

Judge Smeltzer revoked Herrera’s three years of probation during a court hearing April 9 and sentenced him to one year in jail with no Huber privileges.

Herrera, age 60, was placed on probation for a 2013 case in which he had been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

Leo Herrera pleaded guilty in November of 2013 to one felony count of possessing methamphetamine and was sentenced to three years of probation and 50 hours of community service.

On March 11 of this year, Leo Herrera was arrested following a domestic disturbance involving his wife.

During the March 25 raid, Karen Herrera, Swenson, 36, Johnson, 41, and Shawna Kathleen Allegro, 44, were arrested at the Cedar Street address.

The second search warrant executed in March at Apartment No. 1 at the 601 Main Street address resulted in the arrest of Mittelstadt, 48, Cline, 38, and Alicia Lynn McMullin, 39.