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Plea Deal Postponed for Suspect in Merrill Drug Bust

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: 3/19 at 11:55 a.m.

Jimmie Joannon's plea hearing has been changed to a scheduling conference. He'll return to court March 28.
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ORIGINAL STORY: 3/18 at 5 p.m.

One of two people facing drug charges following a traffic stop last fall in Merrill, is scheduled to reach a plea deal with prosecutors Tuesday morning and will avoid a jury trial.

Jimmie Joannon, 38, is behind bars on seven drugs charges including maintaining a drug trafficking place, and two counts of bail jumping.

According to a news release, a Merrill Police Officer stopped a vehicle for not having the right license plates on November 26. The driver, Cassiopia Conlin, 23, initially gave the officer a fake name. Conlin was taken into custody after investigators learned there were two warrants out for her arrest.

Conlin's vehicle was searched and officers found multiple items used to make meth, heroin and LSD. Some of the items are believed to have belonged to the other passengers in the car; Joannon and another man, 49-year-old Danny Hanson of Wausau.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Conlin and Joannon's apartment and found more items pertaining drug manufacturing.

Officers seized 84 grams of methamphetamine, nearly three grams of heroin and nearly 1 gram of LSD. The value of the drugs is estimated to be around $20,000.

A second search of Conlin's vehicle revealed a hidden compartment that contained a large amount of meth.

Conlin is facing nine drug related charges and one count of bail jumping. She's in custody on a $7,500 cash bond.

Hanson was initially charged with seven drug-related charges however all of those charges have been dismissed.


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