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Area drug searches result in arrests

A pair of area drug searches, one in Dunn County and the other in Barron County, has resulted in the arrest three men and the conviction of one.

A March 2014 search warrant in the City of Rice Lake in Barron County resulted in the arrest and ultimately the conviction and sentencing of Chad A. Manor for supplying of methamphetamines to the Chippewa Valley and Rice Lake areas. Authorities also said that Manor was responsible for transporting large quantities of the drug from the Twin Cities area to be distributed throughout western Wisconsin.

Then on July 20, 2015 in the Town of Eau Galle in Dunn County, authorities executed a drug search that resulted in the arrest of brothers Todd Doverspike, Jr. and Jeffery Meixner for possession of Meth and other narcotics. Meixner is also being held for a child support warrant out of St. Croix County.

Rice Lake man convicted, sentenced to six years for transporting Meth

The West Central Drug Task Force (WCDTF), and its member agencies, with the assistance of the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, and Rice Lake Police Department have conducted an investigation into large scale methamphetamine distribution in the Chippewa Valley. In March of 2014 a search warrant was executed at a residence in the city of Rice Lake. Over two ounces of methamphetamine was seized during the search.

Further investigation identified the methamphetamine source as Chad A. Manor.

The investigation revealed that Chad Manor was a significant supplier of methamphetamine to the Chippewa Valley and Rice Lake areas. Chad Manor was responsible for transporting large quantities of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and distributing it throughout western Wisconsin. It was ultimately determined that Chad Manor was responsible for delivering between 1.5 and 5 kilograms of methamphetamine. This quantity of methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $54,000 to $192,000 US Dollars in western Wisconsin.

On Friday, July 24, 2015 Chad Manor was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. During the sentencing hearing, Chad Manor told Judge Crabb, “This stuff [methamphetamine] is poison.” Acknowledging the harm he caused to families and to the community, Chad Manor stated that, “Anyone who pushes [methamphetamine] deserves prison time.”

The investigation has resulted in additional indictments in United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. In addition, multiple people connected to the investigation have been charged with methamphetamine related crimes in Barron, Chippewa, and Eau Claire Counties. The investigation is ongoing and future arrests are expected.

Methamphetamine continues to be a significant problem in the Chippewa Valley. The WCDTF continues to work closely with prosecuting attorneys to hold distributors of controlled substances responsible for the harm caused to our communities. Without the cooperation of the member agencies of the WCDTF and surrounding law enforcement agencies large scale long term investigations into high level controlled substance distribution networks would not be possible. These types of investigations have proven vital in combating drug distribution throughout western Wisconsin and have contributed to safer communities by removing drugs and drug dealers from the communities.

Brothers arrested in Dunn County drug search

Members of the West Central Drug Task Force with assistance from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Criminal Investigation Clandestine Lab Team, and Menomonie Fire Department conducted a search warrant in the Town of Eau Galle at E2938 37th Ave. on the morning of July 20th, 2015.

Investigators acted on credible information that the male resident, Todd Allen Doverspike Jr., was actively cooking methamphetamine. A search of the residence and property yielded numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia, Psilocybin mushrooms, methamphetamine, methamphetamine manufacture waste, and two 20 lb. tanks of anhydrous ammonia. Todd Doverspike and his brother Jeffery Phillip Meixner were taken into custody.

Todd Doverspike Jr. was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of psilocybin mushrooms, two counts of storing/transporting anhydrous ammonia in an illegal container, maintaining a drug house, and bail jumping.

Jeff Meixner was found hiding in a storage shed and was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II narcotic, and also held on a child support warrant out of St. Croix County.

The illegal anhydrous tanks were mitigated per policy and procedure and are no longer a safety threat.