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Seven people arrested for heroin in Waushara County


WAUTOMA, WI (WTAQ) - Seven people in two Waushara County communities were arrested Wednesday as part of a heroin bust.

The Waushara County Sheriff's Department, along with the Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, took part in the investigation.

The bust comes on the heels of a major push by area law enforcement to educate the public about the dangers of heroin.

Waushara County Sheriff David Peterson says search warrants were served at two residences in Redgranite and another in the nearby Town of Dakota. Peterson says 7 people were taken into custody. He says a significant amount of heroin was seized during the raids.

Sheriff Peterson would not say to FOX 11 if any of the seven arrests in this case are related to the on-going investigation into the death of Amalia Henschel.

Henschel was found under a porch outside an abandoned home in Redgranite in April. Peterson has said her death is suspicious, noting there were no obvious signs of trauma on her body. He says his office is still awaiting toxicology reports from her autopsy.

Peterson says drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs were also seized during the raids Wednesday. The sheriff's department is still investigating, but Peterson says he expects charges for the sale and distribution of heroin to be filed soon.

Sheriff Peterson says he wants the community to be more aware of the growing problem. A town meeting to try to do that has been scheduled for the evening of July 11th in the Redgranite Village Hall.