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Man uses daughter to deal drugs

Posted, December 11, 2013 --- 6:29 p.m.

Using kids as drug mules, it's a problem that has happened twice now in Janesville in the past couple months, and both kids were under 14-years-old.

The most recent incident happened late last week when a 13-year-old girl showed up to deliver drugs at Kris Harnack's home.

"At first I noticed my son getting very sick and throwing up."

Kris knew something wasn't right with her 15-year-old son Lucas.

"He left his cell phone open so I started reading his messages."

That's when the realization hit, her son, a recovering drug addict who over dosed in April, was using again. She wanted to get to the bottom of it.

"I'm going to "be" Lucas, and I was texting this person back."

Kris says she texted the number of the person who sold her son the drugs, asking for 50 bucks worth of whatever the dealer had.

"She said I will be there in 15 minutes and this was after 11p.m."

But in that 15 minutes she delved deeper into the text conversation, figuring out this dealer was a 13-year-old girl, and wasn't working alone. Her dad was involved.

"No parent should do that to their child, ever."

So what started as Kris wanting to scare the dealer straight turned into so much more.

"When I read into it more and found out the father was involved I thought I needed the police."

She says when the girl came to deliver, she locked the door behind her and wouldn't let her go until police got there.

"The 13 year-old's father actually brought her to the residence to complete the transaction, so ultimately they were both arrested and this is very concerning for us," says Janesville Detective, Keith Lawver.

Documents show 42-year-old Quentin Ellefson, is charged with using a child to deliver drugs, a crime that could put him behind bars for more than 12 years. Almost as long as his daughter's been alive. Police say despite the two instances, it's not a growing concern.

"Would I say it's a huge problem as far as numbers? Probably not, but importance yes, it is a problem."

Kris says she has no regrets for what she did.

"I just can't sit back, I'm not going to let my son die, I'm not going to let these kids change them and get them on their side."

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