By Abigail Bostwick | Contributing Writer
A Bloomer man already up against charges of maintaining a drug trafficking house along with numerous counts of intent to sell heroin and narcotics in Chippewa County Court is now facing filed allegations of first degree reckless homicide via delivery of drugs in Marathon County.
In August of 2018, delivery of narcotics, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession with intent of heroin, all second offense felonies, were filed in Chippewa court along with a number of felony bail jumping charges against Dylan Edward Henderson, 26.
According to the criminal complaint, a confidential informant informed the West Central Drug Force Task they’d purchased heroin from Henderson in the past and likely could again. A video and recording operation was set up to record the possible drug deal—which took place at a residence Henderson was living at on X-Ray Street in Bloomer. Purchased by the informant was .19 grams of what tested inconclusive for heroin or fentanyl. Fentanyl is a narcotic drug.
Henderson was arrested shortly after during a no-knock search warrant on X-Ray Street as a result of the sting operation. At that time, he already was on bond for three open Chippewa County felony cases and two open Eau Claire County felony cases—all involving drugs. Found at the residence was heroin, drug paraphernalia, a plastic container which tested inconclusive for a number of drugs and several hundred dollars cash, the criminal complaint reads.
During interviews with acquaintances, law enforcement were told by several parties Henderson purchases heroin from the Twin Cities to sell and use in the area, the court record indicates.
Earlier this year, Henderson was charged with the initial charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of THC and drug paraphernalia and three counts felony bail jumping. That case also stemmed from an informant who assisted in leading police to the target location where drug deals took placed search warrants turned up larger stocks of THC and heroin in addition to meth and THC pipes plus narcotics and nearly $2,000 cash, court records read.
Also charged in relation with the Henderson case was Barry Robin Hagel, 55, also of X-Ray Street in Bloomer. He’s facing charges maintaining a drug trafficking place possession of methamphetamine and possession of THC.
Henderson has a hearing in Chippewa Court on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the various open cases.
Meanwhile in Marathon County, a 27-year-old man died in the town of Texas, allegedly after overdosing on drugs he obtained from Henderson in November 2018. There, Henderson faces charges of first degree reckless homicide and three counts felony bail jumping. Charges were filed last week and a court date is pending.
Based on the criminal complaint, the investigation into the death of the unidentified victim occurred after his body was discovered one morning by his brother. The victim was found collapsed and cold on a bathroom floor. 911 was phoned but the man was deceased upon arrival of EMTs, according to court documents.
The family informed investigators the victim had an issue with drugs. Further interviews led them to an ex-girlfriend of the victim in Eau Claire. She told police Henderson admitted to her selling heroin to the victim in the days before his death. Through phone records, text messages and gas station footage, police were able to confirm the victim’s path of travel and where he likely purchased the drugs from near Chippewa Falls from Henderson.
Henderson and the victim knew each other for more than a year, reports state, and when he found out what had happened to the victim, he “...broke down crying and said that he hadn’t meant for (the victim) to die,” court records state.