Three people were referred to the Monroe County District Attorney on multiple charges after drugs and an improvised explosive device were found in a truck after a Dec. 29 traffic stop.

Police pulled over a 1996 Dodge Ram shortly before 3 a.m. after it turned into an off-ramp at Interstate 94 heading north. The report says the vehicle had a defective stop lamp and license plate lamp. The driver, Anthony Duane Sherwin, 35, Bangor, told police that he and two passengers were heading to Eau Claire. The report says Sherwin told police he was unaware that the lights didn’t work, but a passenger, Jessica Lynne Vine, 32, Coon Valley, told police, “we were just trying to fix them.” Police believed it was odd that the driver was unaware of the lamps but not the passenger.

Dispatch informed police that Sherwin, Vine and another passenger, Jonathan Edward Oaks, 42, Menomonie, all were on bond or probation for illegal drug use. Police summoned a K-9 unit for an exterior sniff of the vehicle and confirmed the presence of controlled substances, according to the report. In the cab of the truck, police allegedly found the bottom portion of a baggie with white residue, six Amoxicillin pills, three Trazadone pills and five syringes, three of which had liquid inside.

The truck bed was full of items covered in blankets and tarps. A search of the bed allegedly found a black zippered bag with an improvised explosive device. Other items found included syringes, a digital scale, a metal spoon with residue, five marijuana smoking devices, two plastic baggies with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, a glass smoking device, numerous metal scrapers and a pair of scissors with burned ends.

All three denied knowledge of the truck’s contents and all were taken to the Monroe County Jail. During the booking process, jail staff allegedly found a baggie in Vine’s underwear containing blue powder and three yellow pills. Police identified the blue powder as Adderall.

Sherwin, Vine and Oaks were all referred for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vine was also referred for bail jumping, delivering an article to inmates, possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of a Schedule II drug.

Sherwin was also referred for possession of explosives.


Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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