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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Bail has been set at $15,000 cash for a 25-year old Colfax woman charged with six drug-related felonies.
Cassandra P. Davis, also known as Cassandra Suchla, made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court October 12 before Judge Rod Smeltzer.
Davis is charged with felony counts of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver in an amount greater than 50 grams, with a second or subsequent offense modifier; possession with intent to deliver narcotics with a second or subsequent offense modifier; possession of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) second offense; convicted felon being in possession of a firearm with a repeater modifier; and two felony counts of bail jumping, both with a repeater modifier.
Davis also is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance with a repeater modifier and possession of drug paraphernalia with a repeater modifier.
During Davis’s initial appearance, Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf asked that bail be set at $25,000 cash.
Judge Smeltzer set bail at $15,000 cash and ordered Davis not to leave the state of Wisconsin.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for October 20.
If convicted, Davis could face possible penalties all together in this case of fines of up to $196,000 and up to 99 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint, a Dunn County deputy who was on duty October 11 was informed by a Dunn County investigator that he had received information from a confidential informant that David Starr and Cassandra Davis would be traveling into Dunn County with a large amount of narcotics.
The investigator informed the deputy that the vehicle would be a 2005 Ford Explorer with no license plates. The information was in relation to an on-going drug investigation. The deputy was informed that the vehicle would be traveling from Eau Claire to a known drug trafficking house near Elk Mound.
The deputy was parked at the Elk Mound Lions Club Park on South Holly Avenue when he observed the suspect vehicle traveling north on Holly Avenue. The vehicle appeared to be traveling above the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour, so the deputy conducted a traffic stop, according to the complaint.
The driver of the vehicle was identified by his Wisconsin driver’s license as David Starr, and the deputy recognized the passenger as Cassandra Davis because of previous professional contacts with Davis, according to the complaint.
While the deputy was speaking with Starr, Davis lit a fresh cigarette “and was visibly shaking. Davis would not make eye contact with me when trying to speak with her,” the complaint states.
When the deputy asked Starr where they were coming from, Starr replied that they were going to a residence at the River Villa Trailer Park to bring food for his child. The statement did not make sense to the deputy because he had noted that the vehicle was pulling into the South Holly Avenue apartments just before he had initiated the traffic stop.
Two other deputies arrived to provide assistance, and the deputy who had initiated the traffic stop informed Starr and Davis that he would be deploying his K9 partner for a narcotics sniff.
When the certified narcotics K9 was deployed to sniff the exterior of the vehicle, the dog alerted to indicate the presence of narcotics, according to the complaint.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered a clear Baggie containing a large amount of a white crystal substance suspected of being methamphetamine in a green bag on the front passenger floorboard where Davis had been sitting, according to the complaint.
A silver metal case was located in the rear passenger seat that contained a digital scale with a white crystal residue, multiple Baggies, two separate clear plastic bags containing a white crystal substance suspected of being methamphetamine and another clear plastic bag containing multiple pills. Two packages of eight milligram suboxone sublingual strips also were discovered, the complaint states.
In a purse in the rear passenger seat, deputies also discovered a modified .50 caliber black powder handgun along with primers, powder pellets and sabots (bullets used in muzzleloaders).
The complaint notes that the weapon, which was not loaded, looked like a custom handgun because the barrel appeared as if it had been sawed off, and it had a handmade stock.
One of the investigators told the deputy to arrest Davis and to release Starr, who received written warnings for speeding and non-registration.
Evidence that was seized included 341.7 total grams of suspected methamphetamine; 50 oxycodone pills; two suboxone eight-milligram sublingual strips; two THC Nerds Rope candies; and $140 in counterfeit money, according to the complaint.
During the investigator’s time on the case, he had been given information from multiple sources that Davis was a large-scale methamphetamine dealer in the area, the complaint states.
When investigators spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Starr said he had only provided Davis with transportation and that the contraband seized belonged to Davis.
“Due to the information received throughout the drug investigation, the large amount of controlled substance located and packaging material, it is believed to be more than personal use and is consistent with the delivery of controlled substances,” according to the complaint.
At the time of her arrest, Davis was out on bail in two other Dunn County cases.
In another case from this year, Davis is charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with a repeater modifier and bail jumping with a repeater modifier, and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia with a repeater modifier. Bail was set at $500 cash on March 2, 2020, by Judge Smeltzer.
In a case from 2018, Davis is charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with a repeater modifier, and bail was set with a $1,000 signature bond on September 28, 2018, by Judge James Peterson. The judge amended the signature bond to $100 cash on July 9, 2019.