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Woman to stand trial on charges of dealing drugs at family's funeral home

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    18784.jpg MARKESAN — A licensed funeral director who is accused of dealing drugs from a Markesan funeral home will stand trial.

    Melissa Wachholz, 25, entered a not guilty plea in Green Lake County Court to three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and maintaining a drug trafficking place. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing and faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted.

    Wachholz has worked at the family business, Wachholz Funeral Home, with her sister since 2004.

    She was arrested on May 25 after a Green Lake County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly found a small plastic bag with 3.4 grams of heroin along with 13 morphine pills, syringes and a tourniquet. The Markesan woman confessed to having more drug paraphernalia inside the funeral home and escorted the deputy to a desk which contained a large amount of needles, multiple aluminum foil squares, a digital scale and small baggies, according to the criminal complaint.

    The woman told investigators that she traveled to Milwaukee every day to buy five to eight grams of heroin, half for her personal use and the rest to be sold, according to the complaint.

    Written by | By The Reporter Media Staff


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