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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A Dunn County judge has found probable cause and has bound over for trial a 25-year-old Colfax woman charged with six drug-related felonies.
Cassandra P. Davis appeared with her attorney, Roger Hillestad, before Judge Rod Smeltzer for a preliminary hearing October 20 in Dunn County Circuit Court.
Dunn County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Kyle Knotz was the only witness, and following the testimony by Knotz, Judge Smeltzer found probable cause that felonies had been committed and found probable cause that Davis had committed those felonies.
Davis is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court November 2.
During an initial appearance October 12, Judge Smeltzer set bail for Davis at $15,000 cash.
As of October 20, Davis was still in custody.
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.
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.
If convicted, Davis could face possible penalties all together of fines of up to $196,000 and up to 99 years in prison.
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.