UPDATE: Wendy Roushia, 38, was charged with 11 counts of felony charges by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, June 16.

Roushia was charged with three counts of delivering narcotics, second degree recklessly endangering safety, three counts of possession with intent to deliver narcotics, three counts of possession with intent to deliver narcotics, and one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 110 years, six months in prison and/or fined up to $315,000.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 38-year-old Racine woman was arrested for selling prescription medication out of her home after deputies with the Racine County Sheriff‘s Metro Drug Unit found over 3,000 pills at her residence, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

The woman faces charges of possession of schedule II narcotic medication with intent to deliver, possession of prescription medication with intent to deliver and being a keeper of a drug house for sales. A repeat offender, the woman had earlier drug convictions and was on probation at the time of her arrest, said Sgt. Scott Krogh, of the Racine County Sheriff’s Department’s Metro Drug Unit.

According to officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, the Metro Drug Unit obtained a search warrant and raided the woman’s home at 8:04 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 in the 2000 block of Blake Avenue. Agents found the medication packaged for resale in small baggies and $2,500 in cash. The street value of the medication has not yet been determined.

“Some of the medications were legitimately prescribed, but some of the more hardcore stuff that was scheduled narcotics was not prescribed to her,” Krogh said.

Calling the bust “fairly significant,” Krogh said the woman had obtained the prescriptions from at least four doctors and some of the prescriptions had her son’s name on it. Investigators are still trying to sort out the charges.

“At least one of the prescriptions had on it that she paid $1 for the prescription, so she was on some type of medical assistance program,” Krogh said.

The department is focusing on illegal prescription medication use because it is often a precursor to heroin use. Some larger pharmacies use a statewide system to track prescriptions, but not all are required to use the prescription medication tracking system since it’s not mandatory.

“I know there is talk at the state level about changing that,” Krogh said.

 


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