The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on a residence resulting in several drug busts.
On Sunday Oct. 2, a search warrant was executed at the David Pugh residence located on Halverson Ridge Road in the Township of Clayton. Through the course of the search warrant and investigation, numerous items associated with the illegal use and or sale of narcotics were located. Items found during the search included methamphetamine, marijuana, scales and assorted items used to ingest narcotics.
The warrant also resulted in the arrest of five people in connection with the investigation. The individuals arrested are:
• Dave Pugh Sr., 55, Soldiers Grove, who was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Pugh was released from custody on a $1,000 signature bond.
• Wade Hirschfield, 50, Viroqua, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and possession or marijuana. Hirschfield also had warrants for his arrest for DNR violations out of Grant County. Hirschfield remains in custody on a $1,000 cash bond.
• Michael Copus, 46, of rural Soldiers Grove, was taken into custody for warrants out of Crawford County. Copus remains in custody on a $500 signature bond, as well as warrants for theft in Crawford County.
• Kim Wardell, 61, Muscoda, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of paraphernalia. Wardell remains in custody on a $1,000 cash bond.
• Kevin C. Crowley, 52, Steuben, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Crowley was given a $1,000 cash bond and has since bonded out of custody.
The Prairie du Chien Police Department, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assisted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department with the search warrant. Ocooch Mountain Rescue was on standby at their shed during the execution of the search warrant.
The investigation remains open, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.