UPDATE: Trial Ordered for Funeral Director in Drug Case

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED: Friday, January 4, 2013 --- 9:15 a.m.

MARKESAN, Wis. (AP) -- A mortician accused of dealing drugs at her family's Markesan funeral home will stand trial.

Twenty-five-year-old Melissa Wachholz has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in Green Lake County Court, including maintaining a drug trafficking place. She's waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

A criminal complaint says Wachholz told investigators she traveled to Milwaukee every day to buy five to eight grams of heroin for her personal use and to sell.

The Reporter says Wachholz has worked at the funeral home with her sister since 2004.


Information from: The Reporter, http://www.fdlreporter.com

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Markesan Police say the woman would travel to Milwaukee nearly daily to buy heroin, then return to Markesan to consume half and sell the rest.

"She would go down, buy what she could, sell enough that she could go back the next day to buy that way she could use as well," said Sgt. Will Pflum. He originally discovered Wachholz's stash, which included foil, bags, morphine, and a digital scale in a house connected to the funeral home.

"We typically believe Madison might have it, Milwaukee might have it, it's here," said Pflum. "It's here in small town America, and we've got a problem and we've got to put a stop to it."

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 --- 1:06 p.m.

GREEN LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin funeral director is charged with selling illegal drugs at her workplace.

A criminal complaint filed in Green Lake County, sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance May 25 and followed Melissa Wachholz into the driveway of Wachholz Funeral Home in Markesan.

Prosecutors say deputies searched Wachholz's purse and vehicle and found heroin, morphine pills, syringes and other paraphernalia. Deputies say they also found paraphernalia inside the funeral home.

The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the 25-year-old Friesland woman is charged with possessing heroin with intent to distribute, possessing illegal drugs near an elementary school, maintaining a drug house and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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