The search of a county residence on Friday night has three habitual narcotics offenders back in jail and subject to cash bonds.
Rodney A. Fleischman, 52, Jamie Lyn Swanson, 41, and Michelle L. McGhee, 51, all of Antigo, made initial appearances via Zoom from the jail in Langlade County Court on Monday afternoon.
Fleischman faces 11 criminal charges: maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of methamphetamine, encouraging a probation or parole violation, manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia, drug paraphernalia possession, and six counts of felony bail jumping.
Fleischman was placed on a $50,000 cash bond and instructed to comply with bond conditions in his previous open cases and have no contact with his two co-defendants.
Fleischman had been free on cash bonds in four open Langlade County cases, for a variety of charges including possession with intent to deliver amphetamine, possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine, obstructing an officer and multiple counts of felony bail jumping. The most recent bond he posted was $10,000 cash on March 13, 2020.
Swanson is charged with possession of meth, second offense possession of THC, felony bail jumping, carrying a concealed knife and possession of drug paraphernalia. All charges feature a repeat offender enhancement. She was ordered to a $3,500 cash bond and instructed to have no contact with her co-defendants.
Swanson had been free on a $2,000 signature bond from Marathon County for charges of meth possession and felony bail jumping. She was convicted of meth possession, maintaining a drug trafficking place and felony bail jumping in April 2020.
McGhee is charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia, both with a repeat offender enhancement. She was ordered to a $2,500 cash bond and instructed to have no contact with her co-defendants.
McGhee was convicted of felony bail jumping in April 2016 and possession of meth in January 2017.
According to the intersecting criminal complaints, on Friday evening, multiple officers from the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Fleischman’s residence in the town of Rolling. At the location, they made contact with Swanson in the kitchen, Fleischman in the living room and McGhee in a bedroom. The officers were aware that Swanson has a condition of her supervision and Fleischman a condition of his bonds that prohibit contact with one another.
An officer went to Fleischman’s bedroom and immediately observed in plain view a hypodermic needle containing a significant amount of a substance that later tested positive as meth.
A further search of Fleishman’s bedroom and bathroom located numerous items of contraband, including a box of straight glass pipes recognized as paraphernalia used to smoke meth, butane and propane torches, other tools used to manipulate glass, a digital scale and a broken glass pipe with a large amount of white burnt residue consistent with meth.
An officer searched Swanson and located a pipe consistent with meth use. In two purses identified as Swanson’s, he found a labeled packet of “Wedding Cake” marijuana, several unused needles, and a large knife. As a convicted felon, she is prohibited from possessing a concealed knife.
In the area where Swanson’s property was located, officers also found a loaded hypodermic needle that tested positive as meth.
A search of McGhee’s bedroom discovered a zippered pouch containing straws with residue on them, a pink glass pipe, a cut and melted plastic straw, and a gem bag containing a white substance that tested positive as meth. McGhee denied that any of those items were hers.
All three defendants remain in custody and are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 25.