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Drug house operator gets probation

Judge orders property seizedduring raid to be forfeited

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CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Lake Hallie man who was operating a drug house in downtown Chippewa Falls in March 2017 has been convicted and placed on probation for three years.

Michael J. Ferguson, 30, 10793 43rd Ave., pleaded no contest in Chippewa County Court to attempting to manufacture and deliver amphetamine and maintaining a drug-trafficking place.

Judge Steve Gibbs ordered the probation, along with a requirement that Ferguson pay $1,501 in court costs and fees. Ferguson must seek counseling, and he cannot consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He was given credit for 129 days of jail time already served if his probation is revoked.

Gibbs ordered that any property seized during the raid be forfeited. Charges of bail jumping, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were read in to the court record and dismissed.

Police searched the home on 336 W. Central St. on March 1, 2017, and located meth and a variety of drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, pipes and packaging materials. Ferguson lived in the house at the time.

the home at the time of the search. She was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, along with bail jumping. A warrant was issued for her arrest on April 16. 716 Oak St., was also in Sarah M. Casey, 37.

According to the criminal complaint, a confidential informant working with the Chippewa Falls Police Department bought meth from Ferguson on Jan. 30. The officer obtained a search warrant, and the West Central Drug Task Force searched Ferguson’s home on West Central Street at 10:25 a.m. March 1, when they arrested both Ferguson and Casey.

The officers found 8.4 grams of meth, other drugs and the paraphernalia.

Ferguson was charged last year with three counts of manufacturing and delivery of meth and maintaining a drug trafficking place.


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