CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls woman who was involved in a drug overdose death case Nov. 22 entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in Chippewa County Court.
April J. Lonetree, 37, is charged with possession of meth, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of a controlled substance, possessing illegally obtained prescription, resisting an officer, and two counts of child neglect.
Lonetree was with 40-year-old Shane P. Johnson when they were arrested, two days after the death of Nicholas J. Buck.
Buck was found dead at his Chippewa Falls’ home of a suspected drug overdose. Law enforcement officials believe that Johnson supplied the drugs to Buck. When Johnson’s home was searched, officers found a half-pound of meth, 23 grams of heroin, 21 grams of cocaine, one pound of marijuana, 100 bottles of suspected steroids, $5,000 in cash and two guns. Additionally, unknown chemicals were found. Johnson’s case is now being handled by the U.S. district attorney’s office in Madison.
Lonetree waived her preliminary hearing. She was initially held on a $2,500 cash bond, but she is free on a signature bond. Lonetree returns to court May 23.