Douglas County drug busts net 90 pounds of marijuana, 3 arrests
A series of drug busts netted more than 90 pounds of marijuana and led to three weekend arrests in Douglas County. Lake Nebagamon residents James Eugene Schuster, 54, and his wife, Anne, 46, made initial appearances in Douglas County Court on Monday.
A series of drug busts netted more than 90 pounds of marijuana and led to three weekend arrests in Douglas County.
Lake Nebagamon residents James Eugene Schuster, 54, and his wife, Anne, 46, made initial appearances in Douglas County Court on Monday. Schuster faces one charge of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver marijuana and his wife faces one charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, party to a crime.
Theodore Lester Bruck, 51, of Idaho faces one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. All three charges are class E felonies with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and up to $50,000 fine.
The multi-state operation began in Idaho when a detective arranged a marijuana buy with Bruck through an informant, according to the criminal complaints. Bruck picked up the marijuana in Arizona and drove to Wisconsin for a meeting at a Superior hotel with an undercover officer. Bruck was arrested Saturday night after delivering four bales of marijuana with a weight of 45 pounds, according to the complaints.
The contraband was used to bait a trap for James Schuster. Through the informant, the same Idaho police detective arranged to deliver about 50 pounds of marijuana to Schuster. The informant and Schuster met in the parking lot of a Superior grocery store Sunday morning and drove to another area of town where Schuster was arrested.
Law enforcement officers found more than 50 pounds of marijuana -- including a 27-pound bale and packaged bags -- during a search of Schuster's Lake Nebagamon residence at 6881 First Ave. W., the complaints stated. A scale and marijuana packaging materials were found at the residence, where Anne Schuster was arrested.
FBI records show Bruck and James Schuster are repeat offenders. Because of the previous convictions, the men could spend up to four more years in prison if convicted.
Both Schusters were released from Douglas County Jail after signing separate $10,000 signature bonds. James Schuster was ordered not to leave Wisconsin or Minnesota. Preliminary hearings take place April 30.