A Caledonia woman told police she and her husband starting selling marijuana because they were in debt. Now, they’re facing decades behind bars.
James, 45, and Tracy Wendt, 43, were charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute near a park; possession of psilocin (mushrooms) with the intent to distribute; maintaining a drug trafficking place and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia. Tracy was also charged with felony intimidation of a witness.
If convicted, James faces up to almost 20 years in prison and/or up to $45,000 in fines. Tracy could be behind bars for almost 30 years and/or faces up to $70,000 in fines.
According to their criminal complaints, Caledonia police on Aug. 2 executed a search warrant at the Wendt’s home and found:
- 248 grams of marijuana
- 63.1 grams of THC wax (dabs)
- 57.6 grams of suspected mushrooms (psilocin)
- 111.2 grams of THC edibles
- 3 guns; a .22-caliber handgun, a rifle, and a shotgun
- drug paraphernalia, including rolling papers, a smoking pipe, a marijuana grinder, digital scales, baggies, glass jars with labels, plastic coolers and containers with “marijuana shake” inside
- $5,989 in cash
Police say they found the items in the basement, bedrooms, garage and James’ truck. Family members reportedly knew about the drug sales, but told officers they weren’t involved. Tracy said they started selling marijuana in 2015 because they were in debt.
A witness told investigators that James would leave the drugs in a bucket outside, and customers would come by and leave money, the complaint reads. The witness also told police that Tracy and another woman called them and threatened them because of the statements they gave police.
Both James and Tracy remain in the Racine County Jail on $10,000 cash bonds each. They will next be in court Aug. 17 for their preliminary hearings.
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