REEDSBURG - Authorities seized 14 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $50,000 at a Reedsburg residence Thursday afternoon.
Fernando Ontiveros, 27, and Bethel J. St. Cyr, 30, both of 1135 Maple St., were arrested at about 3:35 p.m. They are charged with intent to deliver; possession of marijuana; maintaining a drug house; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police Chief Tim Becker said Ontiveros and St. Cyr were not growing marijuana and were only distributing the illegal drug, which likely was from Texas or Mexico. The arrest occurred without incident, he said.
“There was evidence at the house that would lead us to believe that this couple has been dealing for some time and that they have been a major supplier for this area,” Becker said. He called it a “significant seizure,” but not the largest Reedsburg has had.
The Sauk County Drug Task Force — made up of police officers from Reedsburg, Baraboo, Sauk Prairie, Lake Delton and Sauk County sheriff’s deputies — tracked a package they had reason to believe contained marijuana from Chicago to a home in Lake Delton and finally to the Reedsburg home.
“We suspected we had the package’s destination and we just followed it to that destination,” Becker said.
He said it was part of an ongoing investigation conducted by the task force, which meets regularly and has been instrumental in solving cases that span the region.
“The cooperation we have in Sauk County is incredible,” Becker said.
The teamwork of several agencies can mean the difference in making an arrest and in the timing of an arrest, he said.
“It could potentially take two weeks or several months,” Becker said of drug-related investigations. “This particular investigation was completed within a month.”
A Wisconsin circuit court record search indicated past brush-ups with the law for both Ontiveros and St. Cyr.
Ontiveros had similar charges of possession and intent to deliver in 2007 when he was living in Baraboo. Those charges were dismissed.
He also had several speeding tickets and a few charges for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
St. Cyr has been arrested for disorderly conduct in 2003 and a resisting/obstructing an officer in 2000, along with the issuance of a worthless check in 2000, and minor traffic violations.
They are being held in the Sauk County Jail pending a review by the Sauk County District Attorney’s office.