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September 2014


Mukwonago couple charged with dealing heroin

Complaint: Drugs sold from River Park Circle East apt.

A couple accused of dealing heroin out of their Mukwonago apartment were charged Tuesday, Nov. 12, with numerous drug-related offenses.

Tammy Guthrie, 41, and Jason Johnson, 33, were each charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with distributing heroin, narcotics possession, maintaining a drug-trafficking place, marijuana possession (Johnson's second offense), possession with intent to distribute heroin, and drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the criminal complaint, a detective with the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit worked with a confidential informant to collect evidence against Guthrie and Johnson.

The informant purchased $150 worth of heroin from Guthrie on Friday, Sept. 20, outside a Village of Mukwonago business, the complaint said, adding that Johnson was spotted by the detective driving Guthrie to the location.

The informant purchased heroin from the couple on two other occasions, according to the complaint. Both times the deal was done at the couple's Mukwonago apartment.

Metro Drug Unit officers executed a search warrant at the apartment Oct. 2, according to the complaint, and recovered 12.7 grams of heroin, 3 grams of marijuana and 57 tablets of a unspecified drug. Drug paraphernalia was also found at the apartment, the complaint said.

In the complaint, Johnson told police that he was out of work and had a problem with heroin and marijuana. He admitted he might also have a problem with crack cocaine, the complaint said.

Guthrie told police she had basically spent her entire life either using or selling drugs, in particular crack cocaine and heroin, the complaint said. She said that she and Johnson had been selling heroin for about two months, and Johnson drove down to Illinois twice a week to resupply, the complaint states.

If convicted, Guthrie could face up to 44 years in prison and $145,000 in fines. She is expected to make an initial appearance in court Dec. 2.

If convicted, Johnson could face more than 60 years in prison and $170,000 in fines. According to court records, he is currently being held at Racine Correctional Institute in Sturtevant. An arrest warrant was issued for him Nov. 12.

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