A police raid at a home on the 700 block of Clarke Street in Waupaca has led to numerous drug charges against two people.
Christina L. Gain, 29, Waupaca, was charged Thursday with drug trafficking, four felony counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, as well as possession charges for methamphetamine, narcotics and marijuana.
Daniel R. Wetzel Jr., was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics and multiple felony bail jumping charges.
Wetzel has five prior felony drug cases pending in court that date back to December 2013.
Gain first came to the attention of investigators on Dec. 6, 2014, when a 911 call reported seeing a vehicle swerving on the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 10, then turn onto Railroad Grade Road.
Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick McClone intercepted the vehicle at the intersection of Railroad Grade Road and County Trunk X in Lind.
McClone suspected that Gain was under the influence of drugs because she seemed to have difficulty keeping her eyes open, according to the criminal complaint. He also observed a bulge in the front of her jeans.
The deputy placed Gain into his squad car and drove her to the county jail. As Gain exited the car, McClone noticed that the bulge was gone.
McClone told Gain he believed she was concealing drugs on her person. She initially denied concealing anything. However, McClone found an alleged meth pipe on the floor in the back of the squad car.
A female officer searched Gain and reported finding a glass vial with crystal meth inserted in her body cavity.
Special Agent Steve Lewis with the state Division of Criminal Investigation later assisted Waupaca County Sgt. Kevin Studzinski in a search of Gain’s vehicle.
They reported finding a knotted small plastic bag, a green cut-off straw and a digital scale with white powdery residue.
On Thursday, Jan. 15, an informant working with law enforcement went to Gain’s home on Clarke Street and purchased six bindles of heroin for $200.
Heroin is frequently sold in a bindle, which is about 1/10 of a gram in a tightly folded piece of paper.
Police say the informant purchased four bindles for $120 from Gain on Jan. 22 and another six bindles for $200 on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
On Monday, Feb. 9, offices from state, county and local police executed a search warrant at Gain’s home. They seized nearly 6 grams of heroin, as well as six cell phones and 5 grams of marijuana.
When questioned by investigators, Gain reportedly said she purchased up to two grams of heroin every other day. She also said she purchased some of her heroin from Daniel Wetzel.
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, Studzinski saw Wetzel driving out of the Holiday gas station onto North State Street in Waupaca.
Studzinski activated his lights and siren and followed Wetzel until he pulled into a driveway about one block later.
While questioning Wetzel, Studzinski found a small packet in his pocket with powdery residue.
Wetzel told Studzinski that he had moved in with Gain about two weeks earlier after his girlfriend, Victoria Dankert, went to jail.
According to the criminal complaint, Wetzel said he uses about one to two bindles of heroin per day. He said he buys them for $35 per bindle and sells them for $40-$45 per bindle.