Brown County employee charged with making, selling meth

Dale Leonard was arrested after controlled buys by the Brown County Drug Task Force

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Brown County Human Services case worker was in court Tuesday afternoon as the defendant — facing charges he made and sold meth.

Dale Leonard, 47, was charged in Brown County court with five counts:

  • Two counts of delivery of methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver
  • Maintaining a drug trafficking place
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, compound, convert, produce or store methamphetamine.

Leonard was arrested Monday after, according to the Brown County Drug Task Force, a confidential informant made controlled buys at Leonard’s house this past Friday and Sunday.

Together, the charges carry a maximum of 53 years in prison.

Leonard’s attorney says he’s been a case worker for the Human Services Department for more than two decades. Because Leonard has no criminal history, his attorney argued unsuccessfully for a lower bail amount, saying the money could be better spent.

“He does through the end of this month available to him health insurance, and it has been his hope and plan if he was given a low cash bond of $1,000  or signature bond to utilize that to immediately go into treatment,” attorney Theresa Schmieder said.

Bail was set at $7,500 cash, and Leonard’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for next week.

Action 2 News reached out to Human Services on Monday. Executive Director Erik Pritzl told us Leonard is on unpaid administrative leave, saying, “The information about this situation was brought to the attentoin of management this (Monday) morning, and the individual was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the completion of a full investigation by Law Enforcement and Human Resources.”