Deputies arrested two men after finding heroin with an estimated street value of nearly $4,500.
Facing felony drug charges in Waupaca County are Rodney R. King, 38, Milwaukee, and Forest F. Molski, 19, Wisconsin Rapids.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Deputy Bryan Strobusch pulled over a westbound vehicle on U.S. Highway 10 in rural Waupaca after a records check indicated the driver’s license of the vehicle’s owner, Benjamin K. Gasch, 23, Wisconsin Rapids, was revoked.
Three men were in the car, and Strobusch described all of them as appearing nervous.
Molski was the driver, Gasch was the front seat passenger, and King was a back seat passenger.
A records check of King found he had prior felony drug convictions involving cocaine.
Strobusch told Molski to exit the vehicle. The officer then performed a pat-down search and reported finding a burnt spoon with drug residue on it in Molski’s pocket. He also found needles in Molski’s pockets, according to the criminal complaint.
Deputies Patrick McClone and Jon Loken arrived to assist at the scene.
The three men were handcuffed and placed in the back of squad cars.
While Loken walked around the vehicle with his canine partner, the other two officers searched the car’s interior.
Strobusch located a case for a CD player inside the trunk. Inside the case were a silver pipe, a tourniquet, a burnt spoon, a small plastic bag with two grams of marijuana in it and a hypodermic needle.
Gasch later reportedly told McClone that King was hiding heroin in his body cavity.
While the officers were standing outside the vehicles discussing how to proceed, they observed King squirming around in the back seat.
After the three men were transported to the jail, the officers searched the back seats of their squad cars.
In the space below the seat and back cushion, McClone reported finding plastic bags of heroin wrapped in toilet paper.
Strobusch removed his back seat and found a plastic bag with heroin and a small pipe.
Authorities estimate finding a total of 11 grams of heroin, which amounts to 110 and has a street value of $4,500.
King is being held in custody on a $10,000 cash bond. Molski was released on a $10,000 signature bond co-signed by his mother. Gasch has not been charged.