By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Platteville man one of three arrested after search
All face separate criminal charges
Placeholder Image

A 25-year-old Platteville man is one of three people arrested in connection with a Town of Benton house search that revealed products used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Brandon Loken was arrested on a probation hold, according to a Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Loken and two others — Haleigh S. Stocks, 23, Highland, and Garrett S. Lipshutz, 34, Lancaster — face tentative
charges of party to manufacture of methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing waste, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe Police Department executed a search warrant at a Town of Benton house Nov. 17, where products used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were discovered, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Stocks was wanted on a warrant from Grant County, and Loken was wanted on a Department of Corrections probation hold, the press release said.

The search warrant was conducted at the house of Christopher K. Bennett, 38, who was arrested by Lafayette County deputies Nov. 12 in connection with a felony battery investigation. Bennett is still in custody at Lafayette County Jail, with a court date set for Feb. 18.

Loken also faces a Lafayette County charge of party to substantial battery, a felony, for an incident Nov. 10 — the same date of Bennett’s alleged incident — according to court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.

Loken was arrested in May on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, but the charge was dismissed in July, according to court records.

Loken’s May arrest followed a search of a house at 377 N. Chestnut St. in an investigation into a stolen cellphone. The search revealed what police believed to be an active one-pot meth lab, along with drug paraphernalia and what was described as “items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” according to a police news release.

Loken was sentenced to 1 year 10 months in prison and two years extended supervision after he pleaded no contest to second-offense possession of cocaine in 2012, according to court records.

Loken also has previous convictions for manufacture or delivery of marijuana, second-offense possession of marijuana and possession of narcotic drugs in 2010, and forgery — uttering in 2007, according to court records.

Stocks is facing Grant County charges of burglary, theft of up to $2,500, forgery — uttering as a repeater, and felony bail jumping. A jury trial on the charges is set for Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, with a status conference Dec. 30, according to court records.

Lipshutz is facing Grant County charges of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. A jury trial on those charges is set for Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, with a status conference Dec. 30 at 9 a.m., according to court records.

Lafayette County detectives are continuing the investigation.