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Man charged with cooking up meth in Belmont home
DARLINGTON - A man with a lengthy criminal record in southwestern Wisconsin faces felony charges in Lafayette County Circuit Court that he cooked meth in a Belmont residence in September.

Mitchell Ryan Engebretson, 32, was charged Sept. 25 with a Class F felony count of manufacturing or delivering an amphetamine (three grams or less), a Class H felony count of intentionally disposing of methamphetamine waste and a Class I felony count of possessing methamphetamine.

If punished to the full extent of the law, he faces up to 21 and a half years in prison and on extended supervision and fines of up to $45,000.

The criminal complaint alleges Engebretson cooked meth on Sept. 16 in a trailer-style mobile home on Dawn Vista Terrace in Belmont. A woman had been letting Engebretson stay with her at the home with her three young children but called police when she discovered evidence that he'd cooked meth there without her knowledge or consent.

A detective who went to investigate reported smelling "a strong chemical odor" outside the trailer. The woman also showed the detective text messages Engebretson sent her with references that he was seeking meth ingredients and had a plan to make extra money.

Engebretson's cash bond is set at $500 with the condition that he have no contact with the residence on Dawn Vista Terrace. His preliminary hearing is Thursday.

Engebretson has home addresses on file in Potosi and Lancaster.

He criminal record in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties includes convictions for theft, trespassing, burglary, credit card fraud, unlawful phone use to make threats and misappropriating ID info to obtain money.