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Alleged heroin dealer may enter plea



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March 18, 2014 | 09:11 AM
ELKHORN — A 25-year-old Lake Geneva man who was allegedly selling heroin in the area is reportedly close to reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

On March 17, Dominic D. Ecklund, appeared briefly in front of Judge Kristine E. Drettwan. Ecklund’s defense attorney, Joshua Klaff, told the judge that a plea agreement was reached in principle and asked to schedule a plea hearing on Wednesday.

After the hearing, District Attorney Daniel Necci said the agreement requires Ecklund to plead guilty to two felony charges, a count of delivering heroin as a repeater and a count of delivering controlled substance.

Necci said as part of the agreement he can recommend up to eight years of initial confinement.

He is not limited to how much extended supervision time he can recommend.

On Jan. 16, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed 20 criminal charges against Ecklund, who was allegedly selling heroin and prescription medication.

Ecklund is in custody in the Walworth County jail.

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In the most recent case, Ecklund has been charged with:
  • Four counts of delivering heroin, as a repeater.

  • Six counts of felony bail jumping, as a repeater. 

  • Two counts of felony possession of a narcotic drug, as a second and subsequent offense. 

  • Four misdemeanor counts of illegally possessing a prescription, as a repeater. 

  • Two counts of possession of marijuana as a second or subsequent offense.

  • One count of delivering a narcotic drug (Oxycontin), as a repeater. 

  • One count of delivering a non-narcotic drug (Lortab), as a repeater. 
In a separate pending criminal complaint, on April 29, 2013, Ecklund was charged with three counts of delivering a narcotic drug, one count of delivering a non-narcotic drug and one count of possession with intent to deliver prescription medications. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of illegally possessing a prescription drug.

In 2009, Ecklund was convicted in Walworth County of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

According to the criminal complaint on the charges filed Jan. 16:

On Oct. 4, 2013, Ecklund called the Lake Geneva Police Department Dispatch Center to seek medical attention for a possible heroin overdose.

Later that day, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department searched Ecklund’s home and found marijuana, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Suboxone and Buprenophine Hydrochloride/Naloxone Hydrochloride.

A cotton swab also tested positive for the presence of heroin.

After the search, between October and January the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department conducted four controlled drug buys from Ecklund.
  • On Oct. 9, 2013, for $90 a confidential informant purchased 11 prescription pills, five Oxycontins and six Lortabs. 

  • On Nov. 14, 2013, a confidential informant purchased 0.7 grams of heroin for $180.

  • On Nov. 28, 2013, a confidential informant purchased 0.42 grams of heroin for $180. 

  • On Dec. 16, 2013, a confidential informant purchased 0.86 grams of heroin for $180. 
On Jan 10, 2014, police executed a search warrant on Ecklund’s home and found three bindles that contained heroin. Police also found drug paraphernalia and hashish — a drug similar to marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint on the charges filed April 29, 2013:

On Dec. 19 and 20, 2011, and Jan. 9, 2012, members of the Walworth County drug unit assisted in controlled drug buys where a confidential informant is used.

On Dec. 19 and 20, 2011, the confidential informant bought Roxicodone from Ecklund.

On Jan. 9, 2012, the confidential informant bought Percocet, Anexsia, Roxicodone and Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride from Ecklund. On April 18, 2012, police raided Ecklund’s home and found Xanax and Reglan pills. Police also found $2,435 in cash.

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