BURNETT COUNTY––In August, officers from Burnett and Washburn County Sheriff offices coordinated with a special agent from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to shut down a trafficking operation in Trade Lake. Last week charges for one of the three suspects involved were dropped after the suspect died of an apparent drug overdose.
Thomas J. Hoff, 58, Trade Lake, was charged with four counts of delivery of methamphetamine, a class F felony; maintaining a drug trafficking place, a class I felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class I felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor charge.
He was released on $7,500 bail and died less than 24 hours later.
Thomas’ brother David Hoff, 59, Trade Lake, is still facing felony charges for maintaining a drug trafficking place and felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The third suspect charged in this case was Bobbi J. Rasmussen, 39, Trade Lake. She was charged with felony bail jumping. She has an open case in Polk County where she is charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of THC, possession of THC with intent, restricting or obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony bail jumping.
According to the criminal complaint, the three agencies made four controlled buys of methamphetamine in May and June at 11271 Mourning Dove Lane in the Town of Trade Lake. The buys were for varying weights.
During the search on June 12, officers found a variety of glass pipes which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. They also found over four grams of methamphetamine, a multitude of cell phones, a number of digital scales, gem bags and over 21 grams of marijuana.
All three were interviewed at the residence during the search. David was transported to the Burnett County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rasmussen was also booked at the Burnett County Jail for felony bail jumping.
The complaint includes investigators’ summary of interviews with David Hoff and Rasmussen.
David said he and his brother Thomas had been living at the residence for about a year. He said he doesn’t know anything about the alleged methamphetamine and heroin distribution going on at the house.
He added that Thomas used to be a drug user, but did not know what kind of narcotics his brother used. He also told investigators that “quite a few” people stopped at the house every week and went upstairs to see his brother.
The criminal complaint did not include an interview with Thomas.
David Hoff is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on Nov. 5 in front of Judge Melissia Mogen.
Editor’s note: This story ran last week in the Sentinel, it omitted key information that was not known at the time of publication. Thomas Hoff was released on bail for $7,500 and died of an apparent drug overdose less than 24 hours later. We regret the error and apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding it may have caused.