Sting yields 30 pounds of marijuana
Two men were arrested after authorities intercepted two packages from Oregon.
Charles G. Moore, 79, Fremont, was charged Monday, Nov. 27, with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stacey J. Cloutier, 59, Fremont, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Waupaca County Deputy Bryan Strobusch was notified of two suspicious packages shipped from Eagle Point, Oregon, to Moore’s Bayou Road address in Fremont.
The boxes were transported to the Waupaca County Law Enforcement Center, where a search uncovered that one box contained 11 vacuum-sealed packages with a total of 11 pounds of marijuana, while the second box contained 11 packages with a total of 10 pounds of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.
At 4 p.m. Nov. 11, Strobusch called Moore and, working undercover, arranged delivery of the packages.
During their conversation, Moore gave the phone to a man later identified as Cloutier, who agreed to meet with Strobusch.
At 4:57 p.m., Strobusch pulled into the BP gas station on Wood Duck Drive in Fremont, where he saw Moore and Cloutier in a Ford Mustang.
According to the criminal complaint, Cloutier originally attempted to load the boxes into the vehicle’s truck, but they were too large. He then placed them in the back seat.
At 5:02 p.m., the arrest team’s squad cars drove into the parking lot and boxed in the Mustang.
Officers arrested Moore and Cloutier and seized the marijuana from the vehicle.
Later, officers executed a search warrant at Moore’s home.
They reported finding devices for heat-sealing plastic bags, numerous cans and bags of coffee, 10.5 pounds of raw marijuana and 4.9 pounds of edible treats laced with marijuana.
Officers also found a case of 11 mason jars filled with a clear liquid that Moore identified as Kentucky “moonshine,” the complaint says.
The Drug Enforcement Agency, which participated in the sting, also seized $50,000 in cash from Moore’s home.
Moore, who faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted, is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.
Clourtier, who faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted, was released after posting a $1,000 cash bond.