Prison guard faces drug charges

A Stillwater resident who works as a corrections officer at Stillwater Prison faces drug charges after he was arrested last weekend in Wisconsin.

Randy S. Anderson posted $10,000 bond after making an initial appearance before Juneau County District Judge John Roemer in Mauston, Wis., several days after his April 20 arrest on Interstates 90-94 in the town of Lyndon, about 10 miles west of the Wisconsin Dells.

Anderson, 52, faces charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of THC (ingredient that makes marijuana illegal) and possession of drug paraphernalia. The felony cocaine charge against Anderson carries possible prison time of 40 years.

The arrest resulted when a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper stopped to investigate Anderson’s vehicle, which was stopped on the side of sestbound I-90-94 and allegedly saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight in Anderson’s vehicle, leading to a search of the vehicle.

That search revealed a black duffle bag that allegedly smelled of marijuana. Inside the bag, the trooper found 82 grams (about 3 ounces) of cocaine, a plastic bag with nearly eight ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and a glass pipe.

A lieutenant at the jail since 1991, Anderson could face possible disciplinary action from the Department of Corrections Office of Special Investigations as well.