A Lyndon woman faces a homicide charge after police say she sold heroin to a man who fatally overdosed.
Stephanie Good, 35, is charged with first degree reckless homicide, possession with intent to deliver heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia. She faces up to 40 years imprisonment for the first charge, 12 years and six months imprisonment for the second charge and three years and six months imprisonment for the third charge.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Juneau County Detective responded Sept. 9 to an apartment in the town of Lyndon for a death investigation. An man reported he found an individual deceased in the residence.
Deputies found no obvious signs of trauma to the body and investigation was initiated to determine the cause of death.
A search of the residence yielded multiple items of drug paraphernalia and suspected heroin. The items were found in the closet, near the body of the deceased. A needle also was found with a tinfoil bindle containing a substance believed to be heroin.
Law enforcement identified a possible injection site on the right arm of the deceased with blood leaking from it. The deceased also had “foam near and around his mouth,” consistent with an opioid overdose death.
A cell phone was found on the body of the deceased and a search warrant was applied and received for it. A search of the cell phone yielded texts between the deceased and a phone number found to belong to Stephanie Good based on Juneau County Sheriff’s Office records.
Good and the deceased appear to arrange a meeting and transaction. The deceased mentions a “pt. and a half,” a commonly used term for an amount of heroin for purchase.
A residential search warrant was approved for Good’s apartment. Good and another man were secured in handcuffs and placed into squad cars during the search.
The search yielded a plastic baggie corner with tan powder, pre-cut squares of tin foil, a blue digital scale, glass pipes with burn residue, eight cell phones, a roll of heavy duty aluminum foil, hypodermic needles, a tourniquet, pieces of cotton and alcohol swipes.
The substance tested positive for heroin. Cash totaling $274 also was found in the residence.
In an interview with law enforcement, police said Good admitted to being addicted to heroin and having heroin in her home. She stated she picked up her heroin supply in Madison.
The man located in Good’s home stated he “kept out of her business.” When asked what Good does for a living, he replied “she sells heroin.” The man stated he witnessed Good preparing packages of heroin.
Surveillance footage from cameras near the deceased’s apartment appear to show Good and the deceased talking in front of his apartment Sept. 8. Good admitted to providing him heroin, police said.
The forensic toxicology report of the death investigation revealed substances in the deceased’s blood, including fentanyl, morphine, ethanol, cocaine and opiates.
A University of Wisconsin Hospital doctor and forensic pathologist reported the cause of death was “mixed drug toxicity fentanyl and heroin,” and that “the amount of fentanyl in (the deceased’s) system were clearly lethal.”
Good is currently in the Juneau County Jail. Her pre-trial conference is scheduled for Nov. 11.