Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Police arrest alleged heroin dealers

by Rob Ireland

April 19, 2012

ELKHORN — Two alleged heroin dealers face multiple felony charges in Walworth County Court after their March 29 arrests.

Randal L. Bass, 44, Bloomfield, faces charges of possession of a narcotic drug, three counts of delivering heroin and five counts of bail jumping. At the time of his arrest, Bass was on bond for a felony charge of theft of movable property, which was filed in October.

He now is facing 10 felony charges. If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 74-1/2 years imprisonment and $145,000 in fines.

A co-defendant, Michael A. Moore, 41, Geneva Township, has been charged with two felony counts of delivering heroin. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years imprisonment and $50,000 in fines.

According to Moore’s criminal complaint:

While working with a confidential police informant, the Walworth County Drug Unit conducted controlled buys of heroin on Feb. 28, 29 and March 1.

On Feb. 28, the informant set up a meeting with Bass at the Mobil Mart in Pell Lake to purchase heroin. The informant told police he purchased the drug directly from Bass, but a man he knew as “Mike” was also with him.

On Feb. 29, the informant, while working with the drug unit, contacted Bass and met with him. The informant told police that at the residence “Mike” handed him heroin directly.

On March 1, the informant called Bass and received a call back from “Mike.” According to the informant, “Mike” handed him the drug, but Bass was with him.

Police showed the informant pictures of Moore, who he identified as “Mike.”

On March 29, police stopped Bass’ vehicle on Highway U. Moore was with Bass during the traffic stop.

Police searched Bass and found two stacks of currency. One stack totaled $333 and the other was $1,450. Bass also had a vial, which contained 4.33 grams of heroin. After the traffic stop, police searched Bass’ residence and found a scale and two bindles of heroin. During an interview with police, Bass said he picks up heroin daily from Illinois and he normally buys between 8 and 10 grams. Bass told police he sells the drug to about 10 people.

According to the theft complaint filed against Bass:

A neighbor witnessed Wayne R. Sertzel, 41, and Bass load metal support beams onto a trailer. Sertzel told police he and another man loaded the beams and hid them in a field. However, when the men returned, the beams were gone. Sertzel, Lake Geneva, pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to a felony charge of theft and was sentenced to three years of probation. Bass pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a jury trial in that case.