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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 4:00 pm

CLINTON — Three men have been arrested in connection with a marijuana-by-mail operation, allegedly moving marijuana and other drugs through a woman who works in a California dispensary.

The package found contained 992 grams of marijuana, blotter paper which yielded a positive test result for the presence of LSD and six grams of a substance suspected to be hash.

Randall Douglas Alewine, 29, of the 400 block of Church St., was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver/distribute on or near a park, possession with intent to deliver Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) on or near a park, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of marijuana on or near certain places and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anthony G. Schabow, 20, of the 400 block of Allen Street, was arrested for manufacture or delivery of marijuana with intent to deliver or on near a park, possession with intent to deliver Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) on or near a park, possession of marijuana on or near certain places and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Justin Miles Bergeron, 32, of Hainesville, Wis., was arrested for possession with intent with intent to deliver marijuana on or near a park, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A postal inspector contacted the Rock County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 11 after a suspicious package was found at the Madison Postal Distribution Center. After a K9 dog sniffed and alerted on the package and a federal search warrant was granted, the package was opened and marijuana was discovered inside, according to court documents.

The express mail package had been sent from a person in California to Justin Lambert at 408 Allen St., Clinton. However, no one by that name received mail at that address.

Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Inspectors, Clinton Police Department and an agent from the Wisconsin DCI executed a search warrant at 408 Allen St. and found a digital scale, marijuana grinder, scissors, an empty sandwich bag box and 4.3 grams of marijuana in the bedroom of Anthony Schabow.

According to court documents, on Dec. 12 Schabow admitted to receiving a package from the post office which he took to his friend Randall Alewine. Alewine had allegedly paid him $100 in the past when he delivered him one of the packages.

Alewine then told police he’d been receiving packages through the postal service from a California woman. He then allegedly gives the packages to Justin Bergeron, who paid $200 upon receiving the packages. Police also found suspected drug paraphernalia and five grams of suspected marijuana at the home of Alewine.

Alewine stated he met the California woman in 2009 during a trip to Colorado. He said the woman got connected to a marijuana grower in California after later moving there.

After police set up surveillance on Dec. 12 at the home of Alewine, they were able to take Bergeron into custody when he arrived at Alewine’s door.

When Bergeron’s backpack was searched, police found 14.9 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe. Bergeron told police he was stopping by to purchase marijuana for himself and his friends. He stated his cousin from California mails the marijuana to Alewine. He said she works at a marijuana dispensary and ships marijuana.

The home at Church Street and Allen Street is within 1,000 feet of Dallman Gateway Herb Reffue Park in Clinton.

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  • Mike_Zoril posted at 6:09 pm on Wed, Jan 2, 2013.

    Mike_Zoril Posts: 2701


    Nearly everybody, including myself, agree with you that drugs can be addictive as well as harmful - no debate there. Rather, the question is what is MORE harmful - legalizing the drugs or making/keeping them illegal? There are pro's/con's on both sides of that question, but in total, I think the pro's significantly outweigh the con's in favor of legalization. Also keep in mind that a $500/day habit will not really cost $500/day after it is legal.

    While this isn't something that will happen overnight with all drugs, we are seeing a gradual shift in favor of legalizing the less harmful drugs like marijuana for both medical and recreational use. The federal government has a ban on it, but this federal ban is not Constitutional - despite what those idiots in robes think. It's really a State's Right's issue.

  • Blah-de-Blah posted at 1:37 pm on Wed, Jan 2, 2013.

    Blah-de-Blah Posts: 140

    Legalization will make things worse, but then it has the effect of making things better. Through legalizing marijuana, you eliminate the black market for it, which would mean the Mexican Drug Cartels would become severely weakened. As jbs said, you could tax it and sell it like tobacco.

    The next positive won't come for a while. This positive is the eventual destruction of the marijuana market. As people begin to rapidly get on their weed highs, and the social and medical side effects are made fully public, a social movement will rise up and begin to try and end it. Although big tobacco is still somewhat strong, it is weaker than it was years ago, and that is because of the national effort to reveal the disgusting side effects of smoking cigarettes. Smoking has now become taboo in a society that touts, demands, and rewards good health.

    I say legalize them all. Meth, cocaine, heroine, the whole shebang. Creates profit, weakens black market, and then, in due time, leads to the social and economic suicide of the product itself.

  • billtinder posted at 7:42 am on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

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    I disagree with all of you....
    Drug addiction is progressive in nature; no one starts out with the intention of acquiring a $500 a day heroin habit when they begin getting high on a hand full of pain pills. Yet the nature of the beast leads the addicts there anyway, due to the costs differential between more expensive pharmaceuticals and more potent smack.
    I don't see where legalization will do anything but make this problem worse.

  • jbsback453350 posted at 12:46 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    jbsback453350 Posts: 66

    Legalize and tax it. It will create jobs and lower government costs for drug treatments.

  • Mike_Zoril posted at 6:05 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Mike_Zoril Posts: 2701

    Our country experimented with prohibition and it was a massive failure. We should learn from history! I'm with malcolmkyle on this one.

  • malcolmkyle posted at 2:15 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    malcolmkyle Posts: 1

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high—no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so "proud & free" nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem!

    Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!


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