WAUSHARA COUNTY - The investigation continues into a large drug bust in Waushara County.
Eight people are now facing heroin charges.
Two men, Randy Lindgren and John Gearnhardt, are also accused of supplying the heroin that killed 21-year-old Amalia Henschel in April.
Thursday we learned the investigation continues, and it could reach beyond Waushara County.
Nearly a dozen people are sitting in the Waushara County jail. They were arrested as part of a more than 4-month long investigation by the Waushara County Sheriff's Department and the state Department of Justice. On June 13, officers executed search warrants at five Waushara County homes. Those records are currently sealed by court order because of the on-going investigation.
Of the 13 people listed in the booking report from June 27, seven are mentioned in the criminal complaint filed Tuesday. A total of eight are now charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deliver heroin.
John Gearnhardt and Randy Lindgren are accused of supplying the heroin that killed 21-year-old Amalia Henschel in April. Several people have told FOX 11 Lindgren is a well known heroin dealer in Redgranite.
"I know a couple people that go there to him and it's pretty noticeable that everyone goes there to him for drugs," said Travis Yaroch, Redgranite resident.
FOX 11 spoke with Sheriff David Peterson about those concerns. Sheriff Peterson says he is aware of the comments made by Yaroch and others but declined to comment.
District Attorney Scott Blader could not comment on-camera Thursday because of the on-going investigation. He did tell FOX 11 this is one of the largest heroin busts he has ever seen. In a phone interview Wednesday, Blader said the heroin problem continues to grow.
"We knew it was out there for some time and that led to a very concerted effort between the Waushara County Sheriff's Department, the Central Wisconsin Drug Taskforce, the Department of Justice and my office to attempt to locate and investigate them," said Blader.
In the criminal complaint, Gearnhardt admitted to traveling to Milwaukee multiple times each week to buy up to 100 grams of heroin. Gearnhardt would bring the drugs back to Redgranite and distribute up to 10 grams at a time to several local dealers including Lindgren.
All of the suspects are awaiting their first court appearances on the charges.
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