Town of Ettrick resident Terry Thompson knew something was up just a few weeks after a new couple moved onto Bakken Road.
"They were putting black plastic over the windows, which was sort of curious,” she says.
Thompson has lived outside Ettrick for more than 40 years, and she says her neighbors are tight-knit and friendly. This new couple, she says, was anything but.
“We talked about welcoming the new neighbors by bringing them some cooking or baking, but they seemed so standoffish that we never did do it,” Thompson said.
Thompson noticed other little oddities about the couple, Emma and Marcus Stallings. She says they told their mailmen they didn’t want a mailbox, and declined to keep up on yard work.
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office began to take notice, too.
At about 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, deputies seized 127 marijuana plants, about one ounce of powder cocaine, processed marijuana, and U.S. Currency from N22930 Bakken Road in the Town of Ettrick.
Authorities arrested 28-year-old Ettrick resident Emma Stallings for felony manufacture/deliver marijuana, felony possess with intent to deliver cocaine (>15-40g cocaine possession), and misdemeanor possess drug paraphernalia.
Suspect Marcus Stallings, 31, of Ettrick, was not located and there is a felony warrant out for his arrest. Marcus Stallings is described as a black male, 5’10,” 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
The Sheriff's Department said Marcus and Emma are married.
Sheriff Richard Anderson said he was taken aback by the discovery.
"I think I know pretty much everybody who lives through that valley, so when I got that information, I was pretty surprised,” he said.
The community is shocked, as well – and they’re hoping with one more arrest, the gravel Bakken Road will go back to normality.
If you have any information about where Marcus Stallings might be, contact the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department at (715) 538-4351.
The Arcadia and Independence Police Departments assisted the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department with this case.