Like many other places in the country, Wisconsin is being hit hard by the heroin epidemic. There were 281 overdose deaths in 2015 in the state and that number will only increase. While many wish to get their dope-addicted loved ones help with their problem, one Wisconsin mother decided to become a heroin kingpin to fuel her son’s addiction. She now faces felony drug charges after police arrested her for running a heroin ring out of her kitchen.
According to the Daily Caller:
Lori Merget, 57, allegedly sold heroin and prescription medication to fuel her son’s addiction from her home in Campbellsport, Wisc. Merget primarily sold the drugs at her kitchen table, using the profits to buy heroin for her son, 31-year-old William Merget.
Steve Duncan, 55, lived in the home with Merget and acted as a runner, bringing back heroin purchased from street dealers daily to be resold. Merget also distributed roughly 450 oxycodone pain pills that she received through prescriptions from two pain clinics on a monthly basis, reports FOX 6.
Family members and friends also served as runners for Merget, including one man who swallowed $140 worth of heroin during a traffic stop while on a run into Milwaukee to pick up heroin.
Merget, Duncan, Campbell and five others were arrested after Merget’s operation was probed for a year. It is believed that they were getting it for a decade. Those arrested face charges of conspiracy to sell heroin and other narcotics, and possessing with the intent to deliver heroin.