Cops find pot in restaurant basement
A man on probation for drug convictions was busted again.
Trenton A. Swortz, 21, Waupaca, is charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 7, Waupaca Police Sgt. Detective John Helgeson was advised of an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers that Swortz had sold pot to a friend’s daughter.
Helgeson went to Swortz’s home on Ware Street, where a relative said Swortz was at work at Z’Wolf Eatery.
Helgeson then spoke with the owner of Z’Wolf Eatery, who said she had been dating Swortz for a couple of weeks.
Helgeson told the owner Swortz was accused of having a party room in the restaurant’s basement. He asked her if there was an apartment down there.
The owner said there was no apartment. She said only she and Swortz have access to the basement through a locked cellar door in the back of the building.
According to the criminal complaint, she said Swortz used the basement to “smoke” because it was too cold to smoke outside.
The owner escorted Helgeson into the basement. There he found a back room where the owner reportedly said Swortz went to smoke.
When he went into the room, Helgeson reported finding marijuana.
Police seized 8 grams of marijuana after searching the room.
On Aug. 25, 2015, Swortz was convicted of felony delivery of marijuana, escaping criminal arrest and two counts of resisting an officer. He was placed on two years of probation with the conditions of 90 days in jail, assessed $1,423 in court costs and restitution for the informant’s purchases from him, and prohibited from possessing any illegal substances.
The court ordered that his record be expunged if he successfully completed probation.
On Aug. 10, 2017, Swortz’s probation was revoked. He was sentenced to time served and his court assessments were reduced to a civil judgement.
Swortz was convicted of felony pot possession on Sept. 20, a 90-day jail sentence was imposed and stayed, and he was placed on one year of probation with the condition that he not possess any illegal substances and pay $518 in court costs.
After his most recent arrest, Swortz was released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond with the condition that he maintain absolute sobriety.