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Eight face federal charges in Waushara Co. heroin trafficking & death


REDGRANITE, WI  (WSAU)  -  A woman’s death last spring in Redgranite has led to eight arrests for trafficking heroin. 

On April 12 Redgranite Police officers found the body of Amalia J. Henschel. She died of an overdose of heroin. Investigators learned six Waushara County and two Milwaukee residents were trafficking the drug.

Now, it’s a federal drug case as the U.S. Attorney’s office has taken over prosecution of Randy Lindgren of Dakota Township, Theresa Lindgren, John Gearnhardt, Becky Holman and Christopher Legler from Red Granite, Buckie Rehwinkel of Hancock, and Ronald McDaniels and Ronnie Wells from Milwaukee. Randy Lindgren and John Gearnhardt also face reckless homicide charges for supplying the drug to Henschel before she died.

Several trips were made to Milwaukee each week to pick up the drug, which was sold to over thirty area people on a regular basis.

The defendants face 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines for each charge. If convicted, the defendants would also lose any property or money used for trafficking the drugs or obtained with the proceeds of selling the drugs.

The Waushara County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) investigated this case with assistance from Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force. Waushara County District Attorney Scott Blader and DOJ Assistant Attorney General Karie Cattanach represented the State of Wisconsin in the initial prosecution. Assistant United States Attorney Mario Gonzales will represent the federal government in this prosecution.