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Pair arrested on suspected drug charges

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Catherine W. Idzerda
August 31, 2009
— A suspected heroin dealer with connections to an overdose case was arrested in a Saturday night raid.

At 8:29 p.m., the Janesville Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 354 W. Racine St., the home of Branden D. Burkheimer, 22, and Amanda J. Stone, 22.


“We suspect Mr. Burkheimer was a fairly active dealer of heroin,” Janesville police Sgt. Jim Holford said. “We know that one of his customers suffered a non-fatal overdose.”


The search turned up 6.4 grams of heroin and 76.4 grams of marijuana.


Holford described the amounts as “significant.”


A heroin user uses about a gram a day, however, that gram contains between 1 and 10 percent pure heroin; the rest is cutting agent, he said.


“That’s what causes overdoses—when the heroin is purer than expected,” Holford said.


The 76.4 grams of marijuana equals 2.69 ounces, he said.


“It was a mass quantity and compressed; it looked like it was cut directly from a larger brick,” Holford said.


Police also found $411, a switchblade, a pellet gun altered to look like a 1911 .45-caliber pistol and a radio scanner.


As a result of the investigation and the items found, Burkheimer was arrested on charges of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana near certain places, possession with intent to deliver heroin near certain places, two counts of maintaining a drug house, delivery of heroin near certain places, delivery of heroin, second degree reckless injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a switchblade.


“Certain places” refers to protected areas such as parks or schools.


Stone was arrested on charges of party to the crime of maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.


“We charged her with a ‘party to’ because we believe she not only knew what was going on but assisted him in his activities,” Holford said.


Burkheimer and Stone were transported to the Rock County Jail and will be held there until their court appearances.



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