Man wrongly accused charged again in Dane County

- A Madison man who was wrongly accused two years ago of building one of the city's biggest methamphetamine labs is charged again in drug cases.37-year old Samuel Meier was arrested in McFarland Saturday, with authorities maintaining they seized drug paraphernalia, including "...a small tin 'cooker,' " that's often associated with meth production.

In 2016, charges connected to Meier's alleged production of a meth lab were dropped, despite the police seizure of chemicals and other items, and law enforcement claims the raid on Meier's home represented one of the biggest meth busts in a decade. 

"And the defense of Mr. Meier's gold extraction from...circuit boards and computer parts was borne out...All of the chemicals and all off the materials present, it checks out,"  Assistant Dane County District Attorney Adrienne Blais said during a March 2016 plea hearing.  "It's not really fair quite frankly to the defendant in this case that there was publicity for something we're not able to prove."  Meier spent three months in jail as the case was pending.

Meier's current arrest follows three, other drug accusations since prosecutors ditched his meth lab case and he was freed from jail.Court records show Meier was arrested in McFarland's Babcock Park in October, with authorities stating they seized heroin.In July, records state Meier was arrested in a Madison parking garage after telling officers he had used "doses of LSD."

In June, court records show Stoughton Police arrested Meier,  maintaining they seized a meth cooking tin.

"The defendant now has four open cases,"  Assistant Dane County District Attorney Mauricio Cardona said Tuesday, as Meier was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping for his alleged failure to follow previous bail conditions.

But even as a $1,000 bail was set for Meier in his current criminal case, mistakes were made in recounting his history."How much has he posted in the other cases?"  Court Commissioner Jason Hanson asked Cardona."Five hundred, your honor,"  Cardona said. 

As Meier shook his head in dispute of the bail claim, Hanson jumped in.  "I think a thousand posted on the most recent case,"  Hanson said. "I don't have that in my notes,"  Cardona said.Meier is a UW-Madison graduate.   He returns to court Friday on one of his previous cases

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