After the woman he was with died of a heroin overdose, a Caledonia man has two drug possession charges and an obstruction charge filed against him after he lied to police.

Dustin Costanzo, 28, was charged with possession of narcotic drugs, (2nd offense), possession of a controlled substance, and obstructing an officer. If convicted, he faces up to seven years 10 months in prison and/or fined up to $20,500.

According to a criminal complaint, officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department were called to a report of a woman who had overdosed at 6:50 a.m. Monday at the Excel Inn Motel, 1033 East Frontage Road.

When the officers arrived, they found him performing CPR on a 25-year-old woman who was pulse-less and not breathing. The officer had a defibrillator and tried to shock her heart, but they were unsuccessful. Rescue workers arrived and they then tried to give the woman Narcan. But that did not work either and the woman was later declared dead.

After being asked, Costanzo hesitantly told the officer he was a heroin addict. But he wasn’t sure if the woman had taken heroin. Still, a small bag of heroin was found near the woman’s hip and needles were found in the garbage.

Constanzo also failed to tell the police he left the hotel room before he called 911. A surveillance video showed that he left the room at 6:20 a.m., went to his car and drove away. Ten minutes later, Constanzo came back and went into the room. Minutes later he came outside and hid something in some nearby bushes. Police found heroin in a mousetrap and Xanax in the bushes.

Costanzo is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. March 30.

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