A 25-year-old Racine man is facing drug charges after police say he overdosed on heroin, and officers found drugs and paraphernalia at his home.
Jared DeGroot was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years, seven months in jail and/or up to $30,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine police were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Chatham for a report of a drug overdose. When officers arrived, a witness told them DeGroot had injected himself with heroin and placed the needle in a paper bag.
DeGroot was transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s where he was revived with Narcan, police report.
Quantities of marijuana and various pieces of drug paraphernalia were scattered about the living room where DeGroot was found, the compliant reads. After DeGroot was transferred to the Racine County Jail, he agreed to speak with officers and admitted the drugs and the equipment were all his. He also said he purchased marijuana and then sold smaller amounts to friends.
DeGroot remains in the Racine County Jail, according to online court records. He was assigned a $2,500 cash bond at his initial appearance, and ordered to not possess or consume any controlled substances. DeGroot will also have to submit to random drug tests as well as provide urine samples after every court date.
His next court date is May 22 for a preliminary hearing.
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