Thomas Gonzales Jr.
Thomas Gonzales Jr.

   In what police say could have been a “very dangerous situation,” two men have been charged in connection to possible meth trafficking in Ripon.

   Thomas R. Gonzales Jr., 43, Greenville, Wis., was charged Jan. 24 in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with delivery/manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, compound, convert, produce or store methamphetamine.

   Because Gonzales was convicted in 2015 of delivery/manufacturing of heroin in Winnebago County, he will face both Fond du Lac County charges with repeater enhancers. At an initial appearance Jan. 25, bond was set for Gonzales at $50,000.

   Meanwhile, Ripon resident Torrie J. Kok, 29, 628 State St., has been charged with obstructing an officer in relation to the case.

   According to the criminal complaint, Kok called Ripon Police Jan. 22 to report that two individuals — one allegedly Gonzales — had borrowed his car for several days before returning and barging uninvited into his residence.

   Kok later allegedly informed police that he had lent them his car with the understanding that they would pay him back by “hooking him up” with drugs, the complaint states.

   Police also later determined that Kok had given them misleading information about the presence of Gonzales and the other individual, which they say caused officers to go into the situation without full, accurate information.

Read the full story in the Feb. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.