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Accused LdF drug runner makes initial appearance

January 10, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

A woman accused of running drugs from the Twin Cities to Lac du Flambeau had her cash bond reduced in Vilas County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon. 

Erica L. Whitebird, 33, is charged with felonies possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of narcotic drugs, as well as misdemeanors possession of THC, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

She was arrested after an investigation supported she was getting methamphetamine from the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., areas and selling it in her home community of Lac du Flambeau, according to Vilas County Court records. 

In court Monday before Judge Neal Nielsen, Whitebird appeared with attorney Chad Lynch. It was determined while Whitebird qualifies to public defender representation, there was a “conflict” with Lynch and another counsel is being sought. Lynch requested a reduction of Whitebird’s $10,000 cash bond. 

Vilas County District Attorney Martha Milanowski, who appeared for the state of Wisconsin, objected to the bail modification. 

Whitebird’s mother, in the courtroom, informed the court should her daughter make bond, she would not be welcomed back to her residence in Lac du Flambeau, based on online court records. 

Nielsen determined the bond could be cut in half along with the added condition to include Whitebird must provide an address and name of the owner of the residence of where she would like to live upon release. She also would have to maintain absolute sobriety, not possess or consume intoxicants, go to any taverns or have contact with another woman. 

Whitebird will be in court again Jan. 13. 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department, which started in July 2019. That information indicated Whitebird was “selling a large amount of methamphetamine within the Lac du Flambeau community.” She was arrested following a traffic stop on her way back from Minnesota in late December, court records indicate. 

Whitebird resisted arrest and was found to have a number of THC, methamphetamine supply, cash and paraphernalia in her car and her clothing, court reports go on.

During the entire investigation, Lac du Flambeau police recovered approximately 41.72 grams of methamphetamine in relation to Whitebird, records state.

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