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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 24-year old Colfax man has made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court on charges related to possession of methamphetamine, drug trafficking and domestic abuse.
Devin Duncan Clayton appeared before Judge James Peterson November 20 on two felony counts of possessing methamphetamine and maintaining a drug trafficking place and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct/domestic abuse and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Judge Peterson set bail for Clayton with a $1,000 signature bond July 10. Clayton’s initial appearance was adjourned several times — on August 7, on September 4, and on October 23 — until the November 20 initial appearance.
Clayton’s initial appearance was delayed three times to allow him the opportunity to find an attorney because he does not qualify for a public defender or a court-appointed attorney, although he also did not have an attorney during the November 20 court hearing, according to online court records.
According to the criminal complaint, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received a report July 8 of this year that Clayton and his 25-year-old girlfriend were involved in a physical altercation in Clayton’s bedroom at a residence on county Highway N in the Town of Colfax.
The complaint notes dispatch was advised that a firearm may have been located in Clayton’s bedroom. After three Dunn County deputies arrived at the residence, they eventually were able to convince Clayton to leave his bedroom, along with the alleged victim.
The woman told deputies Clayton had seen a picture on social media of her and another man at a bar, and the disagreement was about the picture, according to the complaint.
The alleged victim told deputies Clayton had thrown a chair against the wall and had broken her cell phone by throwing it at the wall.
Clayton admitted to deputies that during a verbal altercation with the alleged victim, he had smashed a hole in the wall and had also smashed her phone. Clayton also told deputies he provided methamphetamine to the alleged victim and that they smoked in the residence and in the garage on a regular basis, according to the complaint.
Investigators located a vial containing a white substance in Clayton’s bedroom, and when the white substance was field tested, it tested positive for methamphetamine.
Investigators also located two black digital scales in the residence. One of the scales had a clear crystal substance on the scale and on the case. A marijuana grinder, a container with marijuana residue, a container with a trace amount of suspected BHO (butane hash oil) and five marijuana pipes with residue also were discovered in the residence, according to the complaint.
BHO is a sticky substance made by extracting THC from marijuana with liquid butane.
Clayton is scheduled for another court appearance on January 17.