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Bayfield County Drug Bust

 

BAYFIELD - On July 12, 2010 a combined law enforcement team served three search warrants on and about the Red Cliff Native American community in Bayfield County, WI.

 

Tyrone W. Butterfield Sr. was arrested and was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana as a Repeat Drug Offender and Keeper of a Drug Dwelling. Also arrested was Elmer "Donny" Saari who was charged with Manufacturing and Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Keeper of a Drug Dwelling.

 

Officers seized the following:


2 handguns, 11 long guns (4 were military style semiautomatic rifles), 19+ pounds of processed marijuana and 31 marijuana plants, and $6,178 in cash.

The investigation was brought to a successful conclusion because of the cooperative effort between the police agencies involved in this case. Those agencies were the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, Bayfield County Sheriff's Office, Northern Area Crime Unit (consisting of Sawyer, Washburn and Burnett County deputies along with Superior, Spooner and Ashland Police Department officers), Wisconsin State Patrol, NADGI Task Force (consisting of St. Croix, Lac du Flambeau, and Oneida Tribal Police Department officers), and US Border Patrol agents.

 

This investigation is an excellent example of the successful partnership that has been established through the Native American Drug & Gang Initiative (NADGI).

 

"NADGI is a very important partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Wisconsin's Tribal Nations to fight crime on reservations," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I congratulate all of the participating agencies for the success of this operation."

 

Questions concerning this case should be directed towards the Bayfield County District Attorney's Office.

 

A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.