|7/2/2020 10:43:00 AM|
Snapchats lead to THC possession complaint file for Dodgeville couple
|A Dodgeville couple is scheduled to answer to Iowa County Court, for possibly being involved in an inbound drug mail order.|
Daniel A. Christianson, 37, is charged with THC possession with a Possession with Intent to Deliver/Distribute a Controlled Substance On or Near a Youth Center, possession of drug paraphernalia, being party to a crime and obstructing a law enforcement officer. His wife, Rebecca, 36, is also charged with THC possession.
According to Iowa County Court records, 13 mail parcels were sent to the Christiansons between October 3, 2019 and January 25, 2020, from California to Dodgeville. The parcels were suspected of containing controlled substances.
On March 4, 2020 the U.S.P.S, Office of Inspector General identified another inbound parcel from California to the same address, 105 Sunshine Cir., Dodgeville.
The following day USPS OIG Special Agent John Todd met with Investigator Richard Severson and Iowa County Deputy Zachary Lovell at the Dodgeville Post Office. Severson filed an anticipatory search warrant, indicating that law enforcement could search the premises at 105 Sunshine Drive Dodgeville, WI.
Once the package was delivered to the residence, the drug task force and law enforcement arrived at the scene and conducted the search warrant. Rebecca Christianson was at the residence during the search warrant as she operates a daycare in her home. Law enforcement officers opened the package, discovering 50 pouches of marijuana edibles, and also discovered eight THC cartridges, and three oxycodone tablets.
Officers also located a loaded pistol on the top shelf of the master bedroom, where two children had been sleeping prior.
Rebecca Christianson denied any knowledge of marijuana products being shipped to the residence. She also informed officers that Daniel did not use marijuana products. She admitted to officers that she used marijuana dialey, and uses a THC vape pen for marijuana in order to sleep better.
Daniel Christianson arrived at the residence at 2:45 p.m. and was questioned by Severson. Christianson stated that he purchased marijuana edibles from sellers through Snapchat, which started around July 2019. He informed officers that he used the marijuana edibles personally and didn't share the products with anyone.
He also stated that he purchased the products from California through the mail, "because it was cheaper to buy marijuana products from California than it was to purchase them in either Wisconsin or Illinois."
He told the officers that he did not have any additional shipments of marijuana being sent to his house, however on March 6, local law enforcement intercepted yet another incoming parcel. The parcel was to be delivered to K. Christianson at 105 Sunshine Cir. Dodgeville, WI.
When contacted by law enforcement, Daniel Christianson denied knowledge of the incoming package, denied having knowledge with K. Christianson. If a package were to show up, officers were granted permission to open the parcel. The parcel contained 50 THC vape cartridges.
A Snapchat warrant was filed on March 12, which was submitted to Snapchat that day.
The investigation continues, and the Christiansons will have their initial appearance on July 28.
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