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Cases Against Men Accused of Selling Heroin Will Move ForwardSubmitted: 01/10/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - Police used informants to bust heroin dealers in Woodruff.

Twenty five-year-old Joseph Potvine and 26-year-old Joseph Lynch heard some of the state's evidence against them in Oneida County court Thursday. Investigators used an informant to catch Potvine selling heroin.

"The informant turned over two foil containers, which the informant told me contained heroin. The informant was searched for any other money or contraband," says an investigator with the N.O.R.D.A.G. Drug Task Force.

Police told the Court Lynch admitted to selling heroin.

"Mr. Lynch advised that he had gotten involved in the use of heroin, and shortly thereafter began distributing the heroin. One of the transactions occurred in the Trigs parking lot located in Minocqua," says a member of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Lynch's attorney asked for the case to be thrown out. He said the State's case was built on Lynch's admission to selling heroin, and they only had proof of his using the drug.

"It doesn't appear that physical evidence was necessarily recovered, or any specific details regarding commission of an actual crime," says John Voorhees.

But Judge Michael Bloom ruled there was enough evidence for both cases to move forward. Both Potvine and Lynch will enter pleas January 14th.

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