Campground owner pleads to drug charges
Maria Lockwood firstname.lastname@example.org The owner of CCZ Campground, formerly known as Wasko's, was sentenced to 20 days in jail for drug-related charges Wednesday, but will be able to continue operating his business. Christopher Minnor Zol...
The owner of CCZ Campground, formerly known as Wasko’s, was sentenced to 20 days in jail for drug-related charges Wednesday, but will be able to continue operating his business.
Christopher Minnor Zoltak, 38, of Lake Nebagamon pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and misdemeanor counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 20 days in jail for the misdemeanor charges. He was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety, submit to random urinalysis, undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and pay a $100 fine plus court costs. Huber work release was granted. Zoltak’s attorney Mark Fruehauf requested that none of the conditions of probation would interfere with Zoltak’s work at the campground and bar.
“I’m not sure I have the authority to tell them what they can and can’t do as a condition of probation,” Glonek told Fruehauf, but he did note the court had no objection to allowing the defendant to continue his work as owner of the campground, including being on the tavern premises for that purpose.
The conditions that Zoltak not consume alcohol and submit to random urinalysis would remain in effect regardless, Glonek said.
A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered for the felony count. If Zoltak stays out of trouble with the law and successfully completes his probation, the charge would be amended to a misdemeanor with no further penalties in March 2016.
A misdemeanor count of serving liquor without a licensed operator on the premises was dismissed.
The class B liquor license issued to Zoltak under the name of CCZ Campground will not be affected by the conclusion of the criminal case.
“He will keep his license as long as he has not been convicted of a felony,” said Tamara Johnson, clerk for the town of Bennett.
The Bennett Town Board decided not to renew Zoltak’s liquor license in June 2013 after the drug-related charges were filed in Douglas County Circuit Court. Zoltak then filed a civil suit against the town board seeking to get the license renewed. A last-minute agreement was forged in late August 2013. The town board agreed to renew the liquor license for CCZ Campground, but if Zoltak was convicted of a felony he would immediately surrender it. By state law, a convicted felon cannot hold a liquor license.
The drug charges against Zoltak stem from an April 23, 2013, compliance inspection at the campground, located at 8441 County Road S, by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the criminal complaint:
The inspection turned up 70 grams of marijuana found in a freezer chest in the bar and a stolen firearm. About 15 ounces of marijuana was found during a warrant search executed at the bar later in the day.