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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Following a preliminary hearing, a Dunn County judge has bound over for trial a 54-year-old Boyceville man charged with four drug-related felonies.
Franklin J. Bignell appeared with his attorney, Scott Schlough, before Judge Rod Smeltzer for a preliminary hearing October 9.
Bignell is charged with one Class C felony of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, greater than 50 grams with a modifier of a second or subsequent office; one Class D felony of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, 10 to 50 grams, with a modifier of a second or subsequent offense; one Class I felony of maintaining a drug trafficking place; and one Class I felony of possession of amphetamine/LSD/psilocybin, second offense; as well as two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In a separate case, Bignell is charged with one felony count of bail jumping.
Following testimony by Dunn County Deputy Adam Zukowski, Judge Smeltzer found probable cause and bound Bignell over for trial.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court on January 25.
According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, a Dunn County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop in the Town of Dunn on April 2, which led to the arrest of an adult male and the seizure of methamphetamine.
Based on information received during the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed in the Village of Boyceville in conjunction with the West Central Drug Task Force and the Boyceville Police Department.
As a result of the search warrant, 110 grams of methamphetamine were recovered, along with “ecstasy” pills and packaging material.
One man was taken into custody as a result of the traffic stop, according to the news release.
In a response to an e-mail message the Colfax Messenger and the Tribune Press Reporter sent to Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin asking for the name of the person associated with the news release issued by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, Police Chief Lamkin replied with a link to Bignell’s online court file.
Judge Smeltzer set a cash bail of $5,000 on April 6 in the drug case and set a cash bail of $2,500 on April 23 in the bail jumping case.
Upon conviction, a Class C felony carries a possible penalty of a fine of up to $100,000 and/or 40 years in prison.
A Class D felony carries a possible penalty of a fine of up to $100,000 and/or 25 years in prison.
A Class I felony carries a possible penalty of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or three years and six months in prison.