Two face narcotics, felony theft charges
An investigation of an Ogdensburg couple resulted in a heroin sting.
Michael J. Lozier, 22, and Julia A. Slattery, 19, are each charged with possession of narcotics, one felony count of theft and four misdemeanor counts of theft.
On Dec. 16, 2016, Waupaca County Deputies Patrick McClone and Bryan Strobusch were conducting surveillance of Lozier and Slattery, who were suspected of transporting heroin from Milwaukee to Waupaca County.
They began following Slattery’s gold 2003 Buick Century westbound on U.S. Highway 10, then north onto State 110. They pulled it over after Slattery turned onto County Trunk KK. Lozier was sitting in the front passenger seat.
Strobusch’s unmarked vehicle was stopped in front of the Buick, while McClone’s was behind it.
As he approached the Buick, McClone observed Lozier remove something from the center console.
The deputies separated the two suspects for questioning.
McClone asked Lozier where the heroin was in the vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, Lozier initially denied having any heroin.
McClone then said he knew that Lozier and Slattery had driven to Milwaukee to make a purchase. He suggested Lozier be honest with him.
Lozier reportedly replied that he had tossed the heroin out of the car on State 110.
McClone continued questioning Lozier, who then admitted to dumping the heroin onto the vehicle’s floor and crushing it with his foot.
Investigators recovered 1.26 grams of heroin from the Buick’s passenger-side floor.
Lozier and Slattery allegedly began snorting the heroin while returning from Milwaukee.
Slattery told the officers that she had been paid $300 that day and only $40 was left.
On Dec. 23, 2016, McClone questioned Lozier and Slattery about several vehicle break-ins in September and November.
An estimated $2,800 in cash was reported stolen Sept. 27 from an SUV parked at a farm on Sunny View Road in the town of Waupaca.
The owner had planned to deposit the cash in the bank on Sept. 25, but ran out of time before doing so. She discovered that the cash was missing on Sept. 27.
Another $100 was stolen from the same vehicle on Nov. 23.
On Nov. 5, residents of two homes on Veysey Lake Road in rural Waupaca reported that cash and blank checks had been stolen from their parked vehicles.
On Nov. 25, a resident of County Trunk E in rural Waupaca reported that someone stole a personal check and more than $600 in cash from his pickup truck.
According to the criminal complaint, Lozier admitted to stealing more than $2,000 from the SUV on Sunny View Road. He reportedly said the money was gone because they spent it on drugs, gas and cigarettes.