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$10,000 in Heroin found in Wausau ApartmentSubmitted: 03/15/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

WAUSAU - Police in Wausau found around $10,000 worth of heroin Tuesday. The man accused of selling it, they know as 'Q'. It's not the first time they've arrested him for drugs.

Quo Vadas Lewis is called a "repeater". That's because he's been convicted on felony drug charges within the last 5 years. This is a pattern drug investigators see over and over again.

"What my experience has been with people like Q in the past, is they come into our lives for a short period of time. We get to know each other, they go away, on a hiatus, typically to prison or to jail, and then inevitably they come back into our lives… We, in essence get a reunion with these folks," said Lt. Chad Billeb, with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

Marathon County Deputies found between 10 and 50 grams of heroin. That's about 170 hits of heroin, and a big cause for concern.

"When people get it, they start out with small amounts that they're using and they increase, and what they don't realize is that when they're taking these additional dosages that it just compounds in the body and eventually it results in an overdose. Just this week, we know of at least 2 overdoses occurred in Wausau," said Billeb.

Quovadas Lewis is due back in court next week, but to actually solve the growing heroin problem, Lt. Billeb says the community needs to change.

"There needs to be a whole community coming together saying we're not going to tolerate this anymore.... So long as there are people out there that are willing to pay top dollar for an illegal drug... They're going to continue to go out there and try to find it any way they can."

Lt. Billeb says treatment and family support are the best ways to break the pattern of selling and using drugs.

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