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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 26-year-old Colfax woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison and four years of extended supervision for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver in an amount greater than 50 grams.
Cassandra P. Davis appeared with her attorney, Roger M. Hillestad, before Judge Rod Smeltzer March 23 in Dunn County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing.
Davis was 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 was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance with a repeater modifier and possession of drug paraphernalia with a repeater modifier.
In two separate cases, Davis was charged with possession of methamphetamine and in the second case also was charged with felony bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition to sentencing Davis to eight years of initial confinement and four years of extended supervision on the charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Judge Smeltzer also sentenced Davis to 12 months in jail on one of the separate charges of possessing methamphetamine and 12 months in jail for felony bail jumping, with both sentences to run concurrent with the prison sentence.
On the charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Judge Smeltzer sentenced Davis to two years of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision to run concurrent with the other sentences.
Judge Smeltzer also ordered Davis to pay $1,072 in court costs and $1,000 for DNA surcharges.
Bail was set at $15,000 cash October 13, 2020, when Davis made an initial court appearance, and at the time of the sentencing hearing, she remained in custody at the Dunn County jail.
The conditions of extended supervision are that Davis is required to maintain absolute sobriety, to complete all programming, and to have no contact with a 41 year old individual identified in the court record by initials.
Davis is not eligible for earned release but is eligible for the Challenge Incarceration Program, Judge Smeltzer said.
According to www.lawserver.com, The [Challenge Incarceration] program shall provide participants with manual labor, personal development counseling, substance abuse treatment and education, military drill and ceremony, counseling, and strenuous physical exercise, for participants who have not attained the age of 30 as of the date on which they begin participating in the program … The department shall design the program to include not fewer than 50 participants at a time and so that a participant may complete the program in not more than 180 days. The department may restrict participant privileges as necessary to maintain discipline.”
Earned release is a six-month intensive federally-approved program that addresses criminal thinking and substance use disorders designed to reduce future criminal behavior.
According to the criminal complaint, a Dunn County deputy who was on duty October 11, 2020, 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 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.
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.
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.