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Dealer gets jail, probation

A Superior man who police found with seven pounds of marijuana in his North End residence will spend five years on probation and a year in jail for dealing drugs.

In January, Michael A. Schwartz, 34, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court to felony charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. A second count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana was dismissed. Monday, Judge George Glonek sentenced him to five years probation.

Remaining with Schwartz, however, is an imposed and stayed 14-year prison sentence. If he violates probation conditions, he will spend eight years in Wisconsin state prison and another six years on extended supervision. Those conditions include a year in jail with Huber release for child care, maintaining absolute sobriety, paying $750 restitution and a $100 fine plus court costs and surcharge and a requirement to provide a DNA sample.

Police searched Schwartz' home in March of 2007. They found a cooler containing more than seven pounds of marijuana as well as nearly two ounces of cocaine and more than $1,500 in cash, according to the criminal complaint.

Schwartz admitted to officers that he drove to the Twin Cities two days before to purchase the marijuana, which he said would last one week. He also told officers he picked up the cocaine two weeks prior to the bust. He said four and a half ounces of cocaine would last him about two to four weeks. Schwartz said he paid cash for all his illegal drugs and that on his last trip, he brought $6,000 worth of drugs. The Superior man told officers he had been selling marijuana for about five years.