BARABOO (WKOW) -- The Sauk County Sheriff's Office announced Monday the arrest of seven suspects on drug-related charges., including a father and son.
Authorities say the April 3 bust followed several months of undercover operations, and involved coordination between the Sauk County Drug Task Force, the Sauk Prairie Police Department and the State of Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation.
The arrests followed a search Thursday of a home at 426 Monroe St., in the Village of Sauk City.
Among those arrested were 54-year old Jerry Cavins, who is charged with maintaining a drug house.
Authorities say also arrested was Cavins' son, 21-year old Ryan Cavins. He's facing a charge of party to the crime of delivery of heroin.
Others charged include: Matthew D. Olday, 27, facing a charge of party to the crime of delivery of heroin, and Jillian Odonnell, 26, who is charged with being a party to the crime of delivery of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities say three others were also arrested and charged with various crimes.
One elderly neighbor tells 27 News Jerry Cavins was an indispensable help to her, clearing snow from her driveway and responding to several of her household emergencies.
But neighbor Roxanne Aehl tells 27 News she was concerned about the activity at the house.
"We saw cars repeatedly going up to the house, not staying very long, so we figured something bad was happening," Aehl says.
Court documents state an informant bought heroin from people inside the house a half dozen times between January and late March.
A criminal complaint states Olday traveled to Madison "almost daily" to pick up heroin to sell.
Sauk Prairie Police Chief Jerry Strunz tells 27 News heroin use has been on the rise in his area.
"Part of our message to the community is that heroin is not something that's being sold in the dark alleys," Strunz says.
Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister says statistics back up heroin's growing influence. "Our drug task force went from in 2009 from having twenty-one arrests to over one hundred arrests here already," Meister says.
The Sauk County Drug Task Force is made up of officers from the Baraboo Police Department, Sauk Prairie Police Department, Lake Delton Police Department, Reedsburg Police Department, Spring Green Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Meister says any jurisdictional conflicts disappear, as the effort to slow heroin-dealing is prioritized. "Boundary lines mean nothing to us," Meister tells 27 News.
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