The first of three suspects charged in the wake of a recent Friday night traffic stop that ignited a chain of events culminating in felony narcotics charges was sentenced in Langlade County Circuit court Monday afternoon.
Crystal A. Ross, 26, Wausau, appeared via video from the county jail, while both attorneys appeared by telephone.
Ross entered no contest pleas to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both with a repeat offender enhancement. A felony count of second or subsequent offense possession of narcotic drugs, as a party to a crime and a repeat offender, was dismissed but read into the record.
Ross was sentenced to four years in prison on the meth conviction, divided into two years of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision. That prison term was stayed in favor of three years of probation. She was given a withheld sentence on the drug paraphernalia conviction, that one contingent on one year of probation.
In order to successfully complete probation, Ross must complete an alcohol and drug assessment and follow through with treatment recommendations, maintain absolute sobriety and full time employment, reimburse court costs, and commit no further crimes.
Ross had been held in custody on a $3,000 cash bond since the charges were filed on March 16.
According to the criminal complaint, on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. an Antigo officer was on patrol near 716 Cedar St. when he observed a vehicle leave the residence and fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The officer followed the vehicle as it failed to stop at another stop sign, after which he initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot of a service station at 10th Avenue and Superior Street.
The officer spoke with the driver, Ross, who was very nervous, and he observed “formication” on her face, consistent with an individual using meth. Ross said there was a purse in the vehicle that belonged to an individual later identified as Alexa Rolain. Ross gave the officer the purse and he observed a tourniquet, used needles and jewel baggies containing a crystallized white powder substance that tested positive for meth.
A further search of the vehicle located a bag of unused hypodermic syringes and several cooker cans, consistent with paraphernalia used to prepare and inject heroin. A further search of Rolain’s purse discovered a used cotton filter, which when field tested yielded a positive result for heroin.
A second officer responded to assist and located Rolain at the Wagner Shell station, where she had locked herself in the bathroom. Rolain had active warrants for her arrest through the Department of Corrections and other agencies, so she was taken into custody.
Rolain allegedly admitted the purse and its contents belonged to her. Rolain then said she had been at a nearby residence with Ross and had used heroin. Based on this information, the officer obtained a search warrant for that residence.
The search of the residence located numerous items of evidentiary value: In the living room, a glass pipe with a residue that tested positive for meth, hypodermic syringe caps, and used alcohol prep pads. In the basement, a pink pouch containing used needles, a blue rubber “tie off,” pieces of aluminum foil with a white powdery substance, and an empty Suboxone package.
The officer also located, in two bedrooms, a white tube with a residue that tested positive for meth and a cooker can, and in the kitchen a plastic tube with residue that tested positive for meth.
Rolain and Chase Koeppel, the denizen of the searched residence, both face multiple charges in connection to the incident. Rolain is subject to a $10,000 signature bond and is currently held in the Marathon County jail on a probation hold. Koeppel is free on a $3,000 cash bond, posted March 16. Both are scheduled to return to court on May 11.
Ross was convicted of possession with intent to deliver THC and maintaining a drug trafficking place, both as a party to a crime and repeat offender, in February 2018. She was convicted of endangering safety through the use of a dangerous weapon, felony bail jumping, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property in July 2013.