Onalaska Man Arrested for Alleged Methamphetamine Sales

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

An Onalaska man out on bail on charges that he intended to sell methamphetamine was charged this week after investigators reported controlled drug purchases and the discovery of drugs and guns on his property.

Scott E. Ridgley, 56, was charged Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of meth, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked for $100,000 bail, citing a pending 2016 case involving drugs and 28 prior cases that included a warrant. 

Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee granted Ridgley $50,000 bail, saying it was an appropriate amount for the allegations.

“These are serious, high-end drug offenses,” Toynbee said. 

According to court documents, detectives used a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Ridgley on two occasions between March 1 and Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, investigators executed a search warrant at Ridgley’s property in Onalaska. They reported finding a case containing 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, $6,900 in cash and a digital scale. 

They also found several methamphetamine pipes and bags with drug residue, according to court documents. 

Detectives found $159 more in cash in Ridgley’s bedroom, along with another pipe. They also found two firearms inside the residence. Ridgley is not allowed to possess firearms due to previous convictions. 

Investigators also reported finding a pound of marijuana on the property, according to court documents. 

Ridgley was arrested almost exactly a year ago in May 2016 on similar drug charges. He was arrested and originally charged last year with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver and possession of hydromorphone, another controlled substance. 

That case is scheduled to go to trial in June.