Two people face drug charges after search warrant executed in rural Westby

WESTBY, Wis. – Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson reports the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Thursday, November 30, at approximately 2:00 p.m., at a residence on McKibbin Lane in the town of Jefferson. The Sheriff’s office says the search warrant was authorized by the Vernon County Circuit Court as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies/investigators located and seized forty-seven grams of Methamphetamine, several baggies of suspected Fentanyl, and cash. Arrested were Mark Alan Mc Kibbin, 37, of rural Westby, WI and Melinda Sue Stalsberg, 36, of Viroqua, WI. Also taken into custody pursuant to an unrelated arrest warrant was an unidentified 37-year-old male, also of Viroqua, WI.

According to the Sheriff’s Office Mark Mc Kibbin was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on charges of:
1) Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place
2) Possession With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine 10-50 grams
3) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Melinda Stalsberg was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center for:
1) Possession With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine 3-10 grams
2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The Sheriff’s Office said Fentanyl is a deadly drug and the suspected substances will be tested later adhering to strict safety protocols for testing unknown substances. Both Mc Kibbin and Stalsberg will be held pending a Bail Hearing in Vernon County Circuit Court. Formal charges will be sought through Vernon County District Attorney Angela Palmer-Fisher.

The Sheriff’s Office said as a part of their investigation they utilized resources from the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, a five-county drug task force of which Vernon County is a member.

The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.
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