Child completed heroin sales when adults away from home: Court documents

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Gina Duwe
Thursday, September 5, 2013

JANESVILLE--When Jamie Jacobson wasn't at his Janesville home to complete heroin sales, he had a child in the home unknowingly make the sales, according to court documents.

The child was aware of Jamie Jacobson's heroin use, he told police, but the child didn't know buyers were picking up heroin at the home.

Jacobson told police that on two occasions he made arrangements for heroin users to come to his home after instructing the child to tell the buyer to leave the money in a specific location and to take a DVD containing heroin.

The child did not handle the heroin, Jacobson told police.

Jacobson and his wife were arrested Tuesday after they sold drugs to an informant, according to police. That night, police executed a search warrant at their home, seizing heroin, marijuana, prescription medicines and drug paraphernalia, according to a police news release.

Jamie L. Jacobson, 32, and Jennifer L. Jacobson, 27, both of 422 Milton Ave., made initial appearances in Rock County Court on Thursday via video from the Rock County Jail.

According to court documents, the couple's arrests came after:

-- A Janesville police officer Aug. 30 watched a confidential informant buy Xanax pills for $50 from Jennifer Jacobson at the Wal-Mart store in Janesville.

The informant told police he had initially called Jamie Jacobson to buy heroin, but Jacobson said he didn't have any. Jacobson told the informant his wife had Xanax bars for $5 each at the Subway inside Wal-Mart where she worked.

-- Tuesday an officer watched outside as the informant bought 1.5 grams of heroin from the child at the couple's home Tuesday. Jamie Jacobson told the informant in phone calls that the child was at the home and would sell him the heroin, which was in a CD case. The informant gave the child $50, and the child pointed to a CD case containing a large sandwich bag with heroin.

-- Tuesday the informant bought 1.5 grams of heroin from Jennifer Johnson at a predetermined location.

After his arrest, Jamie Jacobson told police he uses “a couple hundred dollars a day” worth of heroin. He denied being a dealer but said he and his friends pooled their money, he bought heroin and gave it to his friends.

Jamie Jacobson is charged with using a child to distribute drugs, party to a crime of delivering heroin, party to a crime of delivery of Xanax, second-offense possession of marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Jennifer Jacobson is charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, delivery of Xanax, possession/illegally obtained prescription and second-offense possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Bricco sought a “substantial” cash bond for Jamie Jacobson, citing his history of thefts, bail jumping and a felony escape in 2006.

“Obviously, this is an extremely serious case,” she said. “The state has an extremely strong case against the defendant, and I am certain we will be seeking a lengthy prison sentence as the time of conviction and sentencing.”

Assistant public defender Ryan Hendricks asked for a $500 cash bond because Jamie Jacobson is in custody on a probation hold, which would ensure his appearance in court, he said. He also has a “general inability to pay” and “strong ties to the community,” Hendricks said.

Court commissioner Stephen Meyer released Jennifer Jacobson on a signature bond but ordered Jamie Jacobson held on a $7,000 cash bond. Both were ordered to have no contact with the child involved in the alleged drug deliveries.

They are scheduled to be back in court Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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