Drug dealer nabbed thanks to fed-up neighbor

By Brandi Makuski

A Stevens Point man faces extensive prison time if convicted on multiple drug-related charges following a lengthy investigation by law enforcement.

Dustin Alan Trelka-Sankey, 22, was arrested in January after a search warrant reportedly uncovered methamphetamine, marijuana, and other narcotics, along with drug paraphernalia, records of drug sales and customer lists, among other incriminating items stashed in his home on the 2100 block of Patch St.

According to the complaint, police were alerted to suspected drug activity by a neighbor who reported that Trelka-Sankey’s residence often received an excessive number of visitors, each for short periods of time. The complaint kicked off an investigation spanning several months and involving multiple law enforcement agencies, as well as cooperating witnesses and confidential informants.

On one day of the investigation, 18 vehicles were observed parked at Trelka-Sankey’s home by officers watching the residence; 11 of those vehicles were reportedly registered to known drug offenders, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation came to a head on Jan. 7, when paramedics rushed an 18-year-old man to the hospital from Trelka-Sankey’s residence. The man’s mother later told police the man had a pre-existing health condition, but she believed methamphetamine he purchased from Trelka-Sankey contributed to the man’s three-day coma. When he woke, the man admitted to police he’d purchased $200 worth of meth from Trelka-Sankey about five days before he fell unconscious, the complaint said.

The search warrant on Trelka-Sankey’s home was executed Jan. 10

Witnesses told police Trelka-Sankey often sold the meth in batches of 3.5 grams multiple times daily, along with “pounds of marijuana”, between January and July of 2017, making as much as $1,000 a day. At least one confidential information told police they had purchased up to one-half ounce of meth daily for several months, according to the complaint.

Trelka-Sankey was arrested on charges of felony bail-jumping, possession of amphetamine with intent to distribute, second offense possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug-trafficking place. He faces multiple other charges from several open cases against him.

Trelka-Sankey has been arrested on four other occasions for drug-related activity, according to court records, and has violated conditions of his bond at least six times, to include one incident last October, when he failed a court-ordered urine test. An officer administering Trelka-Sankey’s urinalysis found a sample of fake urine Trelka-Sankey planned to use to prove he was drug-free.

Trelka-Sankey pleaded not guilty to the drug charges in February and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

He returns to court for a pre-trial conference on April 23.

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