GREEN LAKE – A licensed funeral director was bound over for trial Wednesday after waiving her preliminary hearing on charges of possessing and selling heroin from the funeral home.
Melissa Wachholz, 25, of Friesland, is charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of narcotic drugs near an elementary school, maintaining a drug trafficking place and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted on all charges, Wachholz could spend more than 22 years in prison.
Wachholz’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.
According to the criminal complaint, Green Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call on May 25. They followed Wachholz into the driveway of Wachholz Funeral Home in Markesan.
A deputy searched Wachholz’s purse and vehicle and allegedly found a small plastic bag with 3.4 grams of heroin along with 13 morphine pills, syringes and other paraphernalia.
The complaint states that deputies also recovered a large amount of needles, aluminum foil squares and a digital scale inside the funeral home.