Heroin overdose leads to three arrests
Weyauwega police arrested three people after finding a man unconscious on the ground.
Aaron B. VanDyke, 26, Weyauwega, is charged with felony delivery of heroin, drug trafficking and 10 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chad J. Anderson, 23, Weyauwega, is charged with felony possession of narcotics.
Taylor M. Powless, 23, Weyauwega, is charged with obstructing an officer.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, a Weyauwega man contacted Cpl. Adam Rogge with the Weyawuega Police Department. He accused VanDyke of selling heroin to his ex-girlfriend. He estimated VanDyke was selling 10-15 bindles of heroin a week for $40-$45 each. He said VanDyke lived in an apartment on East Main Street and had a silver Ford Focus with a yellow “Baby on Board” placard in the window.
At 1:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Rogge observed a Ford Focus matching the informant’s description on Main Street.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Rogge was dispatched to the intersection of Mill and Sumner streets. He found Anderson lying on the ground next to the curb.
According to the criminal complaint, Anderson was unresponsive and not breathing, but had a strong pulse.
Powless was also at the scene, crying. She told Rogge that she had been driving with Anderson as a passenger when he passed out and stopped breathing. She stopped the car and pulled him out of the vehicle.
A nurse who saw Anderson on the ground called 911 and rendered assistance. Rogge and Officer Justin Malueg also rendered aid until the ambulance arrived.
After about three minutes, Anderson regained consciousnesss and began breathing.
Anderson told Rogge he did not know why he had passed out, He said he had taken a couple of Tylenol and drank one beer that day.
Rogge asked Powless if she knew if Anderson had taken any drugs. She said no, according to the complaint.
The officers searched Powless’ vehicle. Mauleg reported finding eight purple and white capsules in a plastic bag in the center console. Rogge located a plastic straw with white residue.
Mauleg found a two burnt tinfoil bindles, a box of unused tinfoil and a rolled-up piece of cardboard in a duffle bag in the vehicle’s trunk.
Powless said the duffel bag belonged to Anderson, but the pills were antibiotics that she said her mother gave her.
When Rogge called Powless’ mother, she said she did not know anything about the capsules.
Rogge took Powless into custody. Upon further questioning, Powless said she obtained the antibiotics from her sister.
When Rogge contacted the sister, she said they were penicillin and her grandfather had given them to her.
Rogge questioned Anderson at the hospital. Anderson reportedly told Rogge that he purchased two bindles of heroin at an apartment on Weyauwega’s Main Street from a man named “Aaron,” the complaint says.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Weyauwega police executed a search warrant at VanDyke’s apartment. they reported finding drug paraphernalia with white powder residue.
VanDyke denied selling any heroin.
In a follow-up interview, Rogge questioned the initial informant’s ex-girlfriend. She reportedly said she had been under the influence of heroin that VanDyke had sold her when she was cited for operating with a controlled substance on Oct. 9.