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House call leads to heroin charges for Mauston man
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House call leads to heroin charges for Mauston man

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A Mauston man was allegedly found injecting heroin inside the basement of a home after police received a call about an unwanted person inside the residence.

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Michael Dufay, 36, of Mauston is charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs, repeater; and three counts of felony bail jumping, repeater. If convicted, he faces up to three years and six months in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both, for the narcotics charge and up to six years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both, for each bail jumping charge.

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As Dufay has a previous felony conviction for possession of narcotic drugs within a five-year period prior to this arrest, he faces up to an additional four years in prison due to the repeater modification.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 4:40 p.m. Deputy Robb Pfaff of the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on West Milwaukee Street in Mauston for a report of an unwanted person inside the residence. Upon arrival, Pfaff made contact with a resident of the home who stated Michael Dufay had been staying at the residence. The resident described Dufay’s clothes and his activities, and allowed law enforcement inside the home.

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Pfaff entered the basement where he found Dufay. Dufay had his sleeves rolled up with his left arm visible, where there appeared to be a fresh injection point which was bleeding. Upon approach Dufay pulled down the sleeve to cover the arm, which caused a red stain which appeared to be blood.

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Dufay was informed Probation and Parole had a warrant for his arrest and was placed into handcuffs. A search of his person located two syringes with orange caps.

On a night stand in the basement, Pfaff observed three white pieces of paper with tan chunky powder-like substance on top of them, and a white contact case with a tan chunky powder-like substance inside and a clear plastic baggie with a tan chunky powder-like substance inside. When Dufay was told about the substance he said they were being used by everyone in the house.

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A field test of the substance was completed and returned a positive result for heroin. A weighing of the substance came in at 0.8 grams.

Dufay is scheduled for a plea hearing July 13 at the Juneau County Justice Center.

Reach Christopher Jardine on Twitter @ChrisJJardine or contact him at 608-432-6591.


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