RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander heroin dealer is heading to prison for the better part of the next decade.
You won't believe what he did to try and hide criminal evidence - and it includes eating his own feces.
Rogerick Simmons is one of the six Rhinelander people arrested in May for using and dealing heroin.
Friday, he was sent to prison for six years on his two felony charges.
Oneida County prosecutors told the court it shouldn't be lenient on Simmons because of his shady character.
For example, when police tried to catch him with heroin, he swallowed it.
"The police took him to the hospital, where he was administered a laxative, so that he would defacate the evidence. He did. The laxative worked. He then reached into his own feces, extracted the heroin, and swallowed it a second time," said Assistant District Attorney Scott Moller Friday in court.
Judge Patrick O'Melia shot down the idea that, after a list of crimes in his life, Simmons was simply a victim of bad circumstances too often.
"There's a point in time when, it's not the hanging around with the wrong people, Mr. Simmons, it's that you are the wrong people. Everybody says that you're the wrong people when they're in court," O'Melia said in sentencing.
Simmons will serve four years of extended supervision after his six years in prison.
This will be the 45-year-old's fourth time in prison.
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the state’s biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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