Perhaps it was meant to be a Father’s Day present. At any rate, a local jail inmate is likely to receive a new criminal complaint instead of the marijuana he allegedly asked for. His son is expected to get one too.
Chippewa Falls police say charges are pending against Kurt W. Meyer, 39, and his son Dylan E. Henderson, 18, after the two allegedly conspired to smuggle marijuana into a Chippewa County courtroom during Meyer’s preliminary hearing Thursday. That someone would try such a thing may seem to be a little hard to swallow, but certainly not any harder than what Henderson reportedly did with the evidence.
Local residents have heard Kurt Meyer’s name before. He’s the man accused of stealing the entire Christmas weekend church collection, including money meant for orphans in Peru, from St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls last December. He was able to get the charges thrown out of court on a technicality last week, but the charges were quickly re-filed and a preliminary hearing was set for this past Thursday.
Chippewa Falls Police Department Detective Dave Johnson, who investigated the church burglary case, learned that Meyer had some special plans set for Meyer’s preliminary hearing. Meyer, who is incarcerated in the Eau Claire County Jail on other matters, had solicited his son, Henderson, to deliver marijuana to him at the hearing in Judge Steve Cray’s court.
Police did not say how Johnson came upon this information, but let’s just say jail phone conversations are monitored.
Johnson went to the hearing, since he had been called to testify, but he also brought a patrol officer with him, and courthouse security was present. Meyer was bound over for trial as a result of the hearing, but otherwise nothing else happened. No drugs were seized nor was there any attempt to pass any.
However, according to police records, a monitored phone conversation after the hearing revealed that Henderson brought marijuana into the courthouse in his mouth but swallowed it when he noticed courthouse security was waiting for him.
Police say charges are being pursued against Meyer for solicitation of delivery of marijuana and against Henderson for attempted delivery.
Henderson has no previous criminal record.