Arrest Made Less Two Days After Drug Death In Kewaskum

Investigators with the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division arrested a 26-year-old City of Racine man Thursday in connection with a probable fatal fentanyl overdose in the Village of Kewaskum that occurred on Wednesday.

The man is accused of setting up a drug transaction with the victim late Tuesday evening. He came from Racine to the Village of Kewaskum where the drug deal was conducted. The victim is believed to have died a short time later. The victim’s official cause of death is pending autopsy results, but initial findings indicate fentanyl was likely involved.

The fentanyl was sold in the form of counterfeit oxycodone pills. The pills are blue and have the markings: “M” on one side and “30” on the other side. Counterfeit pills often contain lethal amounts of fentanyl or methamphetamine and are extremely dangerous as they often appear identical to legitimate prescription pills and the user is likely unaware of how lethal they can be.

counterfeit M30 pills have become commonplace in southeastern Wisconsin. In December of last year, Fond du Lac County seized 54,000 pills during a traffic stop and another 3200 in June of this year.

Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis hopes that this arrest, made only a day and a half after the death, will send a message to those who think about bringing these dangerous drugs into Washington County communities.