April raid leads to five felony drug charges
A New Richmond man is facing five felony drug charges stemming from an April 29 raid at his home and place of employment at a farm west of Boardman in the Town of Richmond.
Chazz L. Hiben, 20, previously lived in Downing and moved to the rural New Richmond farm last year. On Dec. 2, Hiben was formally charged with possession with intent to deliver varying amounts of five different illegal substances, including designer drugs, LSD, psilocin (mushrooms), non-narcotic drugs and THC (marijuana).
At about 9 a.m. on April 29, several members of the West Central Drug Task Force conducted a raid at Hiben’s room at the farm and confronted him. Hiben gave investigators the combination to his safe where they found a multitude of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and more than $450 in cash, according to the complaint. Authorities seized and cataloged more than 25 separate pieces of evidence, including Hiben’s cell phone.
According to the complaint, Hiben admitted to investigators that he previously sold controlled substances, but had recently given it up. Text messages on Hiben’s phone led investigators to believe he was still actively selling drugs the previous evening.
Authorities didn’t arrest Hiben that April morning, but they did inform Hiben’s probation agent that he was the subject of an ongoing investigation. Hiben was taken into custody for a probation violation two days later.
Charges were filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Dec. 2 when Hiben was formally summoned. On Thursday, Feb. 5, Hiben stood before Judge Scott Needham for his initial appearance. Needham set a $10,000 signature bond with conditions that he maintain absolute sobriety, not possess controlled substances or drug paraphernalia and maintain full-time employment while the case is pending.
Hiben is next scheduled to appear in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing.