By Joe Bachman
A 38-year old man is charged with selling heroin after police say he sold the substance to an undercover agent at multiple locations.
Jason Paschel, of Wisconsin Rapids, is charged with two counts of manufacturing or delivering heroin. According to police reports, on Jul. 30, 2015, an investigation was launched into the potential illegal heroin activities of Paschel.
An undercover officer met Paschel at a retail store on the 4300 block of 8th St. South regarding the sale of heroin, and was sold a baggie believed to be heroin. After a test to determine the substance, it was confirmed that it was 0.9 grams of heroin.
On Mar. 9, 2016, an undercover officer met with Paschel again on the corner of State Highway 13 and State Highway 73 for an additional purchase. A second purchase was made later to another officer at a separate location on the 4300 block of 8th St. South. Further tests concluded that the substance was confirmed to be heroin.
On Mar. 21, Paschel was questioned about his heroin sales, and allegedly stated that his customers came to him for the drug to “keep them happy.” Paschel also told police that repeat customers would bother him if he did not provide heroin, and felt threatened to sell more.
Paschel had purchased four to six grams from a source in Chicago on multiple occasions throughout the year. When asked how many times he sold heroin to others, Paschel stated that he “could count on one hand” how many times he sold the substance, admitting that he was more of a heavy user, than a seller.
If convicted, Paschel faces up to 12 years and six months imprisonment, and up to $25,000 in fines. His arraignment is scheduled for May 2.