A Cadott woman has been charged with supplying drugs to a Holcombe woman who later died of an overdose.
Breana J. Heuer, 22, was charged in Chippewa County Court with first-degree reckless homicide/delivering of drugs-party to a crime and manufacturing and delivering amphetamines.
Heuer appeared in court Wednesday for a bond hearing. Judge Steve Cray ordered Heuer be held on a $5,000 cash bond, and not to have any contact with the deceased woman’s family or the woman’s boyfriend. She will return to court June 19.
According to the criminal complaint, Carissa R. Kasmeirski and her boyfriend were smoking meth at a home at 25251 27th Ave. in the town of Birch Creek on March 23 when Kasmeirski stopped breathing. A coroner arrived and pronounced Kasmeirski deceased at the scene.
An autopsy was performed in Minnesota two days later which confirmed she died from using meth.
The boyfriend, who has not been charged at this time, told law enforcement he purchased the drugs from a woman at a business in Chippewa Falls. The investigator was able to obtain video surveillance from that business and observed the drug sale occur.
Heuer was previously charged in 2018 with possessing meth, drug paraphernalia and bail jumping. She also was charged in Clark County in April with possessing meth, controlled substances and illegally-obtained prescriptions, plus resisting an officer. She returns to Clark County Court on May 13.
Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk noted this is the third overdose death in the past three years in the county where the person who supplied the drugs has been charged with homicide.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more of these overdoses,” Kowalczyk said. “I have to give credit to the investigators and the (district attorney) for these charges. Someone supplies an illicit drug, they should face the consequences. We have to do something to deter the sale and distribution of these drugs.”
The other drug-related homicide cases include Shane P. Johnson, 41, who was arrested Nov. 24, 2017, two days after 40-year-old Nicholas J. Buck was found deceased at his Chippewa Falls’ home of a suspected drug overdose. Johnson, who is already serving a 20-year federal prison sentence on drug convictions, returns to Chippewa County Court on May 31 on the homicide charge.
In another overdose death case, Dustin Leshock, 29, Eau Claire, was convicted of supplying drugs to 18-year-old Isaac C. Repetto in November 2016, causing Repetto’s death. Leshock was sentenced in August 2017 to four years in prison and four years of extended supervision.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more of these overdoses.” Jim Kowalczyk, Chippewa County sheriff