Police arrest two, seize $20,000 worth of meth
JANESVILLE Investigators think the $20,000 worth of methamphetamine they seized Tuesday from a Beloit home was meant for local distribution, Rock County Sheriff's Office Capt. Todd Christiansen said.
It is the county's second significant methamphetamine case in nine months, and it comes as talk about the drug is on the rise in southcentral Wisconsin, he said.
SWAT teams on Tuesday executed a search warrant at 1119½ Ninth St. on Beloit's west side. Two residents were arrested, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Kirk R.C. Mikelson, 23, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Briana R. Ketelson, 21, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The home is across the street from Royce Elementary School, which enhances the drug possession charges.
The two face similar charges in Hawaii for possession of the stimulant methylone, according to the news release. Prosecutors in Hawaii are reviewing documents but have filed no formal charges at this time, Christiansen said.
The two had been living in the town of Beloit before moving to Hawaii. They returned to the city of Beloit in the last few months, Christiansen said.
Police seized from the house on Ninth Street about a pound of methamphetamine, which has a street value of about $20,000, according to the news release. They also seized a .45 caliber handgun, cash and drug paraphernalia, according to the release.
Mikelson and Ketelson are in custody at the Rock County Jail and are scheduled to appear in court today.
Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that is easily made in clandestine laboratories with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. Christiansen said investigators believe the drugs seized Tuesday were not manufactured locally.
Tuesday's seizure is second significant methamphetamine seizure in Rock County, which has so far remained relatively free of the drug compared to other parts of the state.
Police investigators have been on the alert for signs of the drug. Recently, they've heard more talk about methamphetamine, Christiansen said.
"This is only the second big arrest in our county," he said. "But we're getting more and more talk of meth. It seems like it possibly is moving into the county."
The Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team is an organization of law enforcement agencies that work to reduce organized distribution of illegal drugs in Milwaukee and around Wisconsin.
The team will focus on meth this year, Christiansen said.
The previous Rock County meth arrest was in April in the town of Beloit. A long-time resident was accused of manufacturing methamphetamine for personal use.
Charges were dismissed in December against John S. Sharlow Jr., 55, of 3249 W. Alpine Drive, Beloit, according to online court records.
Sharlow's attorney declined to say why charges were dropped.
The Rock County SWAT team along with the Beloit Tactical Unit executed the search warrant Tuesday. The Rock County Special Investigations Unit started an investigation in July, according to the news release.
That team included an officer from the Milton Police Department, the Beloit Drug and Gang Unit and the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Team, according to the news release.