Nicole Towne

Nicole Towne

A woman from Chippewa County could face as much as 32 years behind bars after she was allegedly found in possession of more than 30 grams of methamphetamine after a May 8, 2019, traffic stop in downtown Barron, according to a complaint filed May 10 in Barron.

The defendant is identified as Nicole M. Towne, 1749 County Hwy. OO, Chippewa Falls.

The complaint said a Barron County Sheriff’s detective was contacted May 8 by an investigator working for the West Central Drug Task Force, a regional agency assigned to drug trafficking in area counties.

Barron County authorities had tracked the defendant’s vehicle through the use of global positioning technology.

A records check showed the defendant’s driver’s license was revoked because of a drunk driving conviction. The car was stopped near the corner of Division Avenue and Mill Street, Barron.

After the traffic stop, a Barron police officer brought a K9 assistant to conduct a sniff of the defendant’s vehicle. The dog gave an alert to the presence of drugs. The vehicle was seized and taken to the Sheriff’s Department garage for a more thorough search. A bag containing well over 30 grams of meth.

At the time of the incident, the defendant was out on bond in connection with a felony drunk driving charge filed last year in Barron County. A May 24 plea hearing is set in that case.

The complaint charges Towne with possession of meth with intent in a quantity ranging between 10 and 50 grams, punishable by up to 25 years in prison. She was also charged with felony bail jumping, driving while revoked and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records said the defendant was jailed on $200 cash bond pending a hearing tomorrow, May 16, 2019, in Barron County Circuit Court.