The Richland County Sheriff reports that on September 10th, 2016 a search warrant was executed at the residence at 18677 STH 60 in Eagle Township. During the search warrant various articles were found which law enforcement recognized as evidence that a “one-pot” style methamphetamine lab had been operational in, or around, the residence. As a result of the subsequent investigation, the following subjects were taken into custody on numerous tentative charges.
Robert J.E. Schoener, 26, of Eagle Township was arrested on the tentative charges of Manufacture/Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and misdemeanor Bail Jumping.
Stephen J. Szuflita, 40, of Eagle Township was arrested on the tentative charges of Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and multiple counts of felony Bail Jumping.
Regina M. Heather, 42, of Richland Center was arrested on the tentative charges of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and felony Bail Jumping.
Bruce Travis, 34 of Orion, was arrested on tentative charges of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and a probation violation.
The investigation has been forwarded to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of formal charges against the above parties.
Assisting the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation were members from the Richland Center Police Department, the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, the WI Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Richland County District Attorney’s Office. The Muscoda Fire Department, and Muscoda EMS assisted at the scene.
Sheriff Jim Bindl stated that this is another example that methamphetamine use continues to be a problem in our community. Sheriff Bindl added that the manufacturing of methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous process that creates a large amount of waste, all of which is hazardous material. The public is encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately if suspected methamphetamine, or anything that was used to manufacture it, is discovered. At no point should any of this material be handled without specialized equipment.
Online resources, such as www.methproject.org, are available for anyone interested in learning more about the dangers and signs of methamphetamine manufacturing and use. Anyone with information on drug, or any criminal activity, can call the Richland Area Crime Stoppers at 647-CLUE (2583). Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.