Four people are now charged after a large-scale drug bust in Eau Claire County. Steven Falstad, Blake Handrick, and Chad Peterson, all of Eau Claire, they were charged Wednesday with various drug crimes including possession and maintain a drug trafficking place.
Stacy Jensen, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was also charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and obstructing an officer. According to a criminal complaint. The bust happened late last month.
Officers say Handrick sold marijuana to an informant. On one occasion, the informant bought about 20 pounds of pot for 52- thousand dollars. Investigators also found pot in Peterson’s grandfather’s home, and in Falstad’s home.
The complaint also says the informant told investigators some of the pot came from the state of Washington, which is one of four states where it’s legal to buy marijuana for recreational use. Law enforcement officers say the T.H.C. content of marijuana grown locally is nowhere near the quality being brought in from legalized states…and that’s why they’re seeing many people taking more risks to bring it to Wisconsin. They say they’re seeing an increase in the transportation of marijuana exclusively from legalized states. Whereas 5- to 10- years ago, they considered the primary source to be Canada. They say a common method of transporting marijuana is by vehicle, but have seen it sent by mail as well.
“There are a lot of people that say let’s just legalize it, but it’s another abused substance that I sit on the task force in Wisconsin and we’re taking a look at some of the other states, their fatality rate they’re starting to find out there’s higher rates of T.H.C in their system.”
The sheriff says his investigators are now taking more time to determine exactly where drugs they find here came from. He says in the case of this recent drug bust… There may be more arrests connected to it in the future.