BURNETT COUNTY––The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado on Jan. 18. The vehicle had been occupied by Diego Garza, 44, just before his arrest for a probation violation two days earlier.
Inside the vehicle was a locked safe with a container that had 172.7 grams of methamphetamine along with an additional 25.03 grams in other containers. The street value for this quantity of methamphetamine is estimated to be $15,000-$20,000.
Deputies on the scene also seized a scale, plastic gem bags and other paraphernalia consistent with methamphetamine distribution and usage.
During his arrest, Garza was violently resistant and attempted to escape. This resulted in two deputies being injured. Both deputies were treated and released from local hospitals and have returned to duty.
In Wisconsin, possession of over 50 grams of meth is a class C felony. If convicted Garza faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000, or both.
Garza remains in custody at the Burnett County Jail.