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January 23, 2020

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Man accused of dealing drugs at Lake of the Torches
Abigail Bostwick
OF The Lakeland Times

A 30-year-old Lac du Flambeau man has been arrested after security footage at Lake of the Torches Casino showed him appearing to sell drugs there, according to Vilas County Circuit Court reports.

Gilbert Lyons, II, was identified by Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police following a review of security footage, according to the criminal complaint. The footage showed Lyons and another man meeting with a man and woman who later entered a restroom together, the complaint states. Lyons also was seen walking to "a known drug house" on Waswagon Street around the same time frame, court reports indicate.

Based on work experience and drug investigations, officers were able to determine Lyons and the other unknown man were "involved with selling a drug ... believed (to be) methamphetamine." As the officers had seen before, drugs were exchanged in the casino bathrooms where there are no security cameras, the criminal complaint reads.

Investigators located the unknown man at Lake of the Torches, who identified himself, and was found to be wanted via an apprehension request. At first, he would not identify Lyons but later did, noting they were "significant partners."

That man was placed under arrest at that time.

Lyons was located next, playing at a gambling machine, and gave permission for law enforcement to search him. In the search, police found cash, a cellphone, five used syringes with red liquid, miniature weight scales with white residue, paper bindles of crystal-like substances, small aluminum bindles with a chalk-like substance, cellophane wrappers with a white substance and a rolled up dollar bill, court reports note.

When questioned if he'd sold drugs to the man in the restroom, Lyons confirmed to the officer "... he did and it was for a twenty piece," court reports state.

Lyons is charged with manufacture/deliver amphetamine (second and subsequent offense) and possession with intent of amphetamine, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia - all as a repeat offender.

He has been assigned public defender attorney Chad Lynch and made an initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court Friday, Nov. 22, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Lyons also entered not guilty pleas on all counts. A motion by Lynch to modify his client's bond was denied by Judge Neal Nielsen, who found probable cause to move the case forward. A pre-trial conference is set for late January. Lyons is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.

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