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Police make massive heroin bust

by Rob Ireland

February 20, 2014

ELKHORN — A Burlington man was arrested on Feb. 19 with 184 grams of suspected heroin outside of an East Troy gas station.

Police also believe the man had 127 grams of marijuana, more than 100 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 25 prescription pills that are Schedule II narcotic drugs and 29 prescription pills that are Schedule IV narcotics.

Several Walworth County law enforcement officials said that this is likely the largest heroin bust in the county in the last decade.

Phillip Zadurski, 42, is being held in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

During a bail hearing on Feb. 20, District Attorney Daniel Necci said police were called to the gas station to check on a woman’s welfare. As of Thursday afternoon, charges have not been referred to the District Attorney’s Office on the woman.

Necci said police eventually searched Zadurski and found narcotics. In addition to the large amount of the drugs, police allegedly also found several smaller bags of heroin and cocaine. They also allegedly found crack and heroin paraphernalia and $1,325.

During the court hearing, Necci said Zadurski has an extensive criminal history.

Online court records indicate Zadurski has a 2012 conviction in Milwaukee County for felony possession of marijuana, as a second or subsequent offense.

In 2008, in Walworth County, he was sentenced to prison for battery and disorderly conduct.

During the bail hearing, TJ Wendell, an intern working under the supervision of attorney Julia May, said that Zadurski has lived his entire life in southeastern Wisconsin and had no money to post bond.

Necci responded by saying the heroin had a “street value of just under $200,000.”

Zadurski is next due in court on Feb. 27 in front of Judge David Reddy.

After the hearing, Necci said he has “no reason to believe at this time” that Zadurski is connected to the heroin ring that was uncovered in the Lake Geneva and Delavan areas earlier this month.

In the past two weeks, police have arrested eight people in connection with an alleged heroin-distribution ring.

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