A police raid led to three Marion men being charged with drug offenses.
Bradley M. Dereene, 18, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and felony theft of a firearm.
Gregory J. Ghent, 21, and Ty Michael Schmidt, 18, were each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Marion Police Chief Chris Hughes led a raid on Dereene’s home on the 400 block of Siegert Street. Hughes was joined by officers from the Marion and Clintonville Police departments, Shawano County and Waupaca County Sheriff’s departments, and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Inside, the officers found several men in their late teens and early 20s, five small plastic bags with marijuana, several empty plastic bags with marijuana residue, smoking papers, pipes and a glass bong, according to the criminal complaint.
Police also reported finding a Remington Wingmaster Model 970 shotgun with a serial number matching one that had been reported stolen in Shawano County. A digital camera and other stolen items were found in a soft yellow cooler. It matched the description of a camera that had been reported stolen and had the image of the burglary victim on its memory card.
According to the criminal complaint, Hughes found Ghent standing in a bedroom closet while searching the house. Ghent reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana while at Dereene’s home and loaning Schmidt $10 for pot, but denied purchasing any marijuana himself from Dereene.
Schmidt told investigators that he had purchased weed from Dereene on several prior occasions and had set up a drug deal between Dereene and Ghent that day.
Dereene initially denied selling drugs, then said he had been selling drugs for about two weeks, the complaint says. Dereene allegedly purchased pot in Clintonville for $45 to $50, then sold it in Marion for $60.
Dereene faces up to three years in prison if convicted of theft of a firearm or for drug trafficking.