Ten arrested, charged with drug crimes in Forest County
For the Star Journal
CRANDON – Ten suspects await court appearances in Forest County after being arrested on suspected drug charges last month.
According to the Forest County Sheriff’s Office, the dispatch center received a 911 call early in the morning Jan. 25 for a possible drug overdose in the town of Lincoln. When officers arrived on the scene they found two people in need of medical care. Narcan was administered and both were transported to Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital.
While on the scene, officers observed drugs and drug paraphernalia.
During the course of their investigation, the Forest County Drug Task Force located fentanyl, crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. It was also determined a vehicle was stolen from the residence, drugs were taken and several people fled the residence prior to law enforcement’s arrival. A search of a second residence recovered the vehicle and more drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 26, the Forest County Dispatch Center received a 911 call requesting assistance at the Laona Pharmacy for a possible drug overdose. Narcan was once again administered and the individual was transported to the hospital. It was determined the overdose occurred in an apartment, which was searched. Items located included fentanyl, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, marijuana, nitrous oxide and prescription pills.
Two men were found hiding in the apartment building and were arrested. Through this investigation, it is alleged that all of the people arrested were involved together in a previous burglary and two traffic stops.
The 10 suspects arrested:
Brandon Phalen, 23 of Crandon, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony bail jumping. He posted a $10,000 cash bond and has been released.
Richard Harris, 46 of Laona, possession of fentanyl, possession of codeine, possession of heroin, possession of oxycodone, possession of gabapentin, possession of THC, possession of nitrous oxide, felony maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to aid a victim.
Willie Fields, 41 of Milwaukee, first degree reckless injury, delivery of fentanyl, possession of cocaine, possession of fentanyl, resisting/obstructing an officer and two counts of felony bail jumping, and failure to aid a victim.
Maurice Shegonee, 24 of West Allis, delivery of fentanyl, delivery of cocaine, first degree reckless injury, failure to aid a victim, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, theft, two counts misdemeanor bail jumping and operating after revocation.
Clarissa Johson, 44 of West Allis, burglary, possession of cocaine, possession of fentanyl, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing an officer and three counts of felony bail jumping.
Mary Shegonee, 30 of Crandon, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony bail jumping and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
Jacob Barber, 35 of Laona, possession of fentanyl, harboring or aiding a felon, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tania Phillips, 35 of Crandon, possession of cocaine, possession of THC, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor bail jumping. She is being held on a $3,000 cash bond.
Felicia Armstrong, 31 of Wabeno, possession of cocaine, possession of THC, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.