A rural Chetek man who works as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was arrested on Monday, Feb. 10, while on his mail route and was later charged in Barron County Circuit Court with felony meth possession with intent to deliver and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Rusk County Sheriff’s Office investigator arrested Timothy D. Wilson, 66, of rural Chetek, while he was working his route for the Weyerhaeuser Post Office, following a search warrant raid of his home in Barron County.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said two grams of meth was found on Wilson. A criminal complaint said $929 was also found on him, but no drug paraphernalia was located in Wilson’s vehicle, which he used to deliver mail. This led drug detectives to suspect Wilson of delivering the drug.
It was not clear if Wilson was selling meth to people while on his mail route or using mailboxes to conduct drug deals. When asked about this, Fitzgerald declined to comment on details of the case since it was still an open investigation.
Court documents said Barron County sheriff’s deputies conducted a search warrant raid on Wilson’s rural Chetek home on Monday afternoon, where they allegedly found 20.5 grams of methamphetamine, a working digital scale with meth residue on it, unused plastic gem baggies and paraphernalia to smoke or ingest meth. It was not clear what alerted investigators to Wilson’s home.
Wilson appeared in Barron County Circuit Court for an initial appearance before Judge Maureen Boyle on Tuesday, Feb. 11. A signature bond was set at $10,000.
His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19.
No charges had been filed against Wilson in Rusk County as of Feb. 11.