Mount Pleasant police say two men are facing drug charges; one for supplying heroin to the other man who overdosed while working as a caregiver

Daniel Hermes, 47, of Mount Pleasant, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of manufacture/delivery of heroin; first degree recklessly endangering safety; possession with the intent to deliver; and maintaining a drug trafficking place. He also has a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 41 years in prison and/or up to $85,500 in fines.

Clyde Demeti, 27, of Racine, was also charged Monday. He is facing one felony count of possession of narcotic drugs and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to 3-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $10,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 5:10 p.m. Saturday for a report of an unresponsive man in the bathroom of a home. When officers arrived, a woman told them her husband’s caregiver was passed out in the bathroom.

Police say it was was quickly determined that the man on the bathroom floor – later identified as Demeti – had just used heroin. He was unconscious and breathing, and officers administered Narcan while waiting for rescue crews from South Shore Fire Department to arrive.

Demeti came to and was transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s where he told police that Hermes was his supplier and that he kept the drugs in a hollowed out encyclopedia in his apartment, the complaint reads. Officers executed a search warrant on Hermes’ home and found a quantity of drugs where Demeti indicated they would.

Officers say Hermes admitted to supplying heroin to Demeti but that Demeti was usually a light user.

Both Hermes and Demeti remained in the Racine County Jail as of Monday night; Hermes on a $25,000 cash bond and Demeti on a $5,000 signature bond. Hermes will next be in court Jan. 7 for his preliminary hearing, and Demeti will have his preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.

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