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A Union Grove couple was charged after they left two children home alone in a drug house while they traveled to Illinois to buy more heroin with their two-year-old child in the car.

Brett Busch, 33, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of  falsely presenting a noncontrolled substance, three counts of manufacturing/delivering heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of narcotic drugs, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety.

If Busch is found guilty of all charges, he faces up to 114 years one month in prison and/or fines up to $210,500.

Jennifer Shockey, 34, was charged with possession heroin, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug trafficking, two counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of a controlled substance.

If Shockey is found guilty of all charges, she faces up to 63 years 7 months in prison and/or fines up to $130,500.

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According to the criminal complaint, officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department Metro Drug Unit executed a search warrant at Brett Busch and Jennifer Shockey’s home after several controlled buys were done at the home. Just before agents conducted the warrant, Busch and Shockey had traveled to northern Illinois and stopped on Highway 11 in Mount Pleasant. They had their two-year-old child in the car.

When police searched the car, they found five bags of heroin, two cell phones, and two pads of paper with doctor excuse notes for school-age children. When the car was stopped, agents executed the search warrant at Busch and Shockey’s home. Two other children — ages 9 and 10 — were found home alone. The agents found pill bottles filled with a cutting agent called Gabapentin, drug paraphernalia, suboxone, and Vicodin.

Shockey told the agents she worked at a pizza restaurant and Busch hadn’t worked in two months, but he had a job offer in Puerto Rico. She denied knowing that the two had gone to Illinois, that she had heroin in her wallet and that there were drugs in her house.

During an interview, Busch told detectives that Shockey knew that they were driving to Illinois to buy heroin, that he sold it to a small group of people in Union Gove and Racine, and that the drugs at the house were his.

“He also stated he was supposed to go to Puerto Rico to work on Monday… and he even had a plane ticket waiting for him,” the complaint reads.

Busch is being held on a $25,000 cash bond while Shockey is being held on a $1,000 cash bond at the Racine County Jail. The couple is expected to have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in Racine County Felony Court.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.