SPARTA — A cooperative effort that included the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Tomah Police Department, Sparta Police Department and the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group led to drug charges for five people earlier this month.
Investigations by the task force led to the arrests of Dawn M. Maurer, 52, Susan M. Olsen, 49, Eric Lepley, 25, Christopher Carver, 35, and Kristina Carr, 22.
A confidential informant told authorities the informant had received heroin from multiple sources in the Monroe County area, including Maurer and Olsen, both of Sparta.
Authorities set up a sting operation Jan. 8 and were able to take Maurer into custody. A police search revealed an aluminum foil packet Maurer told police contained burned methamphetamine, four small bags of heroin and marijuana, as well as a pipe, knife, cutting mirror and empty small plastic bags.
Maurer was transported to the Monroe County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.
According to the police report, the informant told police Olsen would be going to Madison Jan. 9 to buy heroin with the intention of selling it in Monroe County. An investigator with the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group put Olsen under surveillance and observed Olsen and Lepley, Tomah, along with Lepley's two children, drive to Madison and visit an apartment building and then return to Monroe County.
Later that day investigators witnessed Lepley and Olsen meet Carver and Carr, both of Tomah, in a Tomah parking lot, where police say Carver and Car purchased heroin from Lepley and Olsen.
According to the report, Olsen admitted to purchasing the heroin but told police she intended to use it all herself and it was a coincidence that she saw Carver and Carr in the parking lot.
According to the report, Lepley told authorities his babysitter fell through and he was ashamed that he exposed his children to his addiction. Lepley told police he and Olsen had purchased heroin in Madison five times since Christmas.
The two children were placed with a family member after Lepley was taken into custody.
Carver and Carr admitted to purchasing the heroin from Olsen and Lepley.
Olsen and Lepley are facing charges of conspiracy to deliver heroin, delivering heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin and recklessly endangering safety.
Carver and Carr are both facing charges of possession of heroin.