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Drug house raid nets suspected meth, marijuana

Deputies from the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the New Richmond Police Department initiated a drug investigation at a residence located in the 800 Block of East Sixth Street in New Richmond on Wednesday, July 31. at approximately 1:15 p.m.

St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts and New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad have indicated that, as a result of this investigation, a white female, age 26, and a white male, age 30, living at the residence were taken into custody on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug trafficking place.  Both individuals were transported to the St. Croix County Jail.

According to county booking records, Jessica L. Viellieu (DOB 8-1-87) was booked into jail July 31 on alleged possession of meth with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug residence. Andrew V. Krumrey (DOB 7-6-83) was also booked July 31 on alleged possession of meth with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug residence and bail jumping. Their place of residence was listed as 880 Eeast 6th St., New Richmond.

Initial investigation indicated that the two individuals residing at the residence were manufacturing methamphetamine. As a result, deputies from the Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant for the residence. With the possible indications that there was a “meth lab” at the residence, Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations Agents were notified and responded and assisted with the investigation.

Since there was a possibility of a “meth lab” inside the building,  the building was evacuated as a safety precaution. In addition, as a safety precaution, the New Richmond Fire Department and the New Richmond Area EMS responded to the location and stood by. Since it was not known how long residents were going to have to remain out of the building, the American Red Cross was notified and responded to assist.

As a result of executing the search warrant at this residence, deputies and officers recovered approximately one pound of suspected methamphetamine, an unknown amount of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, various chemicals, and several one pound cylinders of propane.

The case has been referred to the St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office.

In a press release issued Friday afternoon, Shilts and Samelstad said they would like to thank all the deputies and officers from both departments for their efforts and work in this investigation. Samelstad said he would also like to express his appreciation to the residents of the building in their understanding and cooperation with their having to be evacuated.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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