Milwaukee resident charged with selling pain medication that contributed to Fredonia man’s overdose in December
A 55-year-old man charged with first-degree reckless homicide for allegedly selling the drugs that contributed to the overdose death of a 27-year-old Port Washington High School graduate and Fredonia resident in December was bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland ruled there is enough evidence to support the felony charge against Milwaukee resident Michael Roby, who is accused of selling the narcotic pain medication Percocet to a woman who purchased it on behalf of Jacob Tietz on Dec. 29.
The next morning, Tietz was found dead of “mixed drug toxicity of which Percocet was a substantial factor,” the criminal complaint states.
Detective Sgt. Chad Eibs, an Ozaukee County Anti-Drug Task Force supervisor, testified during Tuesday’s hearing that deputies responding to a rescue call were told by Tietz’s father that he discovered his son’s body in his bedroom at 11 a.m. Dec. 30.
Near the body was a tissue with dried blood, a rubber tourniquet, syringe and other materials used to “cook” and inject drugs, Eibs said.
Deputies also found Tietz’s cell phone, which they used to track down a woman he was communicating with about buying drugs.
The woman was arrested later that day and told authorities that Tietz contacted her about buying drugs. She said she knew Tietz had a drug problem because they had attended alcohol and drug abuse counseling sessions together in the past, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman said she made arrangements with “my guy Mike,” whom she later identified as Roby, to buy 16 15-milligram Percocet tablets, Eibs testified. At 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 29, she said, she picked up Tietz at his home and, after stopping at an ATM where he withdrew money, they drove to meet Roby, he said.
At a grocery store parking lot at 60th Street and Capitol Drive in Milwaukee, the woman got into Roby’s vehicle and paid him $200 provided by Tietz for the Percocet tablets, Eibs testified.
The woman, who identified Roby from a series of photographs, said Tietz snorted some of the Percocet in her car, Eibs said.
“She said she was 100% sure she had been buying drugs from Michael Roby for years,” Eibs testified.
About a week after Tietz’s death, the woman agreed to help authorities set up a sting that resulted in Roby’s arrest.
On Jan. 5, the woman called Roby and told him there was “a kid up in Fredonia that has like $400,” according to the complaint.
She said she negotiated a deal with Roby, who agreed to sell her $400 worth of 20-milligram Percocet tablets at $14 each, and arranged to meet him, the complaint states.
Members of the Milwaukee drug unit, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Ozaukee County Anti-Drug Task Force descended on the meeting location and, as they were attempting to make the arrest, Roby swallowed the contents of a pill bottle.
When told by officers he could die of an overdose, Roby said, “I don’t care,” according to the complaint.
Authorities discovered a loaded gun near Roby, the complaint states.
Roby, who is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 2, is being held in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision.
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