A 23-year-old Black River Falls man faces drug and weapons charges after an April 11 arrest in the town of Adams.

Jonathan David Barhyte was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing a firearm as a felon after an April 11 traffic stop.

According to the criminal complaint, Barhyte was eastbound on Hwy. A when his vehicle reached 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. Barhyte took an inordinate amount of time to stop for the officer’s emergency lights, which led the officer to believe that Barhyte’s vehicle contained contraband. The officer recognized Barhyte, the vehicle’s lone occupant, from previous contacts.

The complaint says the vehicle was cluttered with garbage and that Barhyte was shaking and hesitant with answers to the officer’s questions. He told the officer there was nothing illegal in the vehicle, but the officer saw a butane torch lighter on the front passenger floorboard. The officer asked Barhyte if he had taken drugs, and he replied that he smoked marijuana three hours earlier.

The officer ordered Barhyte to exit the vehicle and conducted a search. The officer found a pistol under the driver’s seat, after which Barhyte, who was on probation, was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the squad car.

A further search of the vehicle found:

  • A globe pipe with white residue inside.
  • A plastic bag that contained crystal material later identified as .18 grams of methamphetamine.
  • A glass pipe with residue of burned marijuana.
  • A black ball that smelled of burned marijuana.
  • A cut straw.
  • Two prescription pills identified as dextroamphetamine sulfate.

After Barhyte was transported to the Jackson County Jail, an officer found another .4-gram bag of methamphetamine that police believe fell from Barhyte’s pocket.

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

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