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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A former Colfax resident has been found guilty on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of probation.
Alexis E. Price, age 19, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court for a plea and sentencing hearing May 14 before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer.
Price initially was charged with five felony counts of burglary, possession of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place, along with misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and an illegally obtained prescription.
Judge Smeltzer deferred prosecution on the felony count of burglary and accepted Price’s plea of no contest and found her guilty of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Felony counts of possessing narcotic drugs, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of marijuana were dismissed, along with the misdemeanor counts which also were dismissed of possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing an illegally obtained prescription.
According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Colfax Police Department was called to a residence in the Village of Colfax on June 22, 2018, for a burglary complaint.
The homeowner said items had been taken from a garage while he was on vacation. Price had been given permission to use an air conditioning unit and a piece of plywood for the window but was not given permission to take items from the garage.
A surveillance video from June 10 showed at around 10 p.m., Price and an older man entered the garage and were inside for about 25 minutes. The homeowner told the police officer the time stamp on the video was off an hour because of daylight saving time. Price and the man left the garage carrying large items in a tote or a container, and Price also was carrying a bag.
The homeowners discovered the items were missing when they returned from vacation. They also noticed a cigarette butt in their child’s room, even though neither of them smoke. Video footage showed Price had sat inside a vehicle on the property, too, for about 30 minutes, and the homeowner said all of the quarters from the vehicle were missing, the complaint states.
Items missing from the garage included about 15 rolls of sequin yarn, two battery chargers, two drills, a drill and circular saw from another tool set, two five-gallon buckets and another bucket that contained numerous tools. The value of the missing items was estimated at a little over $1,000, according to the complaint.
A Colfax police officer completed a search warrant, which was signed by Judge Smeltzer at around 1:30 a.m. June 23, 2018, and that evening, Colfax officers, a sergeant and a deputy from the sheriff’s department, and Colfax Police Chief William Anderson executed the search warrant at 715 Johnson-Olson Street, according to the complaint.
Price met the officers at the door to the apartment complex. She immediately told the officers what they were looking for was in the basement of the apartment complex in her storage area and there was nothing in the apartment. Police Chief Anderson gave Price a copy of the search warrant and instructed her to open the apartment door, the complaint states.
When officers began searching the apartment, they found a bin with sequin-type craft supplies, two methamphetamine glass pipes, an unlabeled orange prescription container with numerous SD/SIM cards, a paper cup with a green leafy substance that tested positive for THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), small gem bags with marijuana leaves consistent with the use and delivery of controlled substances, and a plastic container with numerous debit and credit cards that did not belong to Price, according to the complaint.
Officers also found syringes and numerous vials of Naloxone/Narcan (a drug used to reverse opioid overdose), and Clonidine HCL tablets in a bag with no prescription bottle, according to the complaint.
Clonidine is drug used to treat high blood pressure. Certain formulations also are used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
In addition, the officers discovered two safes in a closet. The unlocked safes contained drug paraphernalia items and a large bag with various sized Baggies and bags containing rolls of gem bags, the complaint states.
Various bags in the safe contained a little over 33 grams of methamphetamine all together, as well as bags containing a white and clear crystal substance and various drug-related items.
During the May 14 hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court, Judge Smeltzer withheld sentencing on the felony count of possession of methamphetamine, sentenced Price to three years of probation, and as a condition of probation, ordered her to serve 60 days in the county jail and to report no later than July 5.
Judge Smeltzer also ordered Price to complete a General Educational Development/High School Equivalency Diploma (GED/HSED) and to comply with any treatment recommendations from her probation agent.
Price may serve the time in the Eau Claire County Jail as long as there is no cost to Dunn County.
According to online court records, as of September 10, 2018, Price’s address changed from Johnson-Olson Street in Colfax to Olson Drive in Eau Claire.
Judge Smeltzer also ordered Price to pay $268 in court costs and a $250 DNA surcharge.
Huber privileges will be granted for counseling, school and work.
Price is not allowed to possess a firearm, and her voting privileges are revoked until her rights are restored.
Review hearings are scheduled for February 25, 2020, and April 26, 2021.