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A Ripon man is facing charges after police found the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, at his residence back in October 2019.

According to a criminal complaint signed Feb. 15, Dustin Krueger, 506 Liberty St., has been charged with possession of narcotic drugs (a Class I Felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a Misdemeanor).

Around 5 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2019, Officer Zachary Boyer was on duty at the Ripon Police Department, when a woman came into the lobby and said she lived with Krueger, per the complaint.

The woman told Boyer that Krueger had been placed on a probation hold for failing a urine test for illegal drugs and that she found illegal drugs when packing his things because she no longer wanted to live with him, the complaint stated.

Boyer went to the Liberty Street residence and the witness showed him to Krueger’s room, where Boyer discovered a spoon with a “crystal-like residue” that was believed to be methamphetamine, and a cotton ball, according to court documents. Boyer also allegedly found two syringe plungers that “appeared to have been used.”

According to public records, Boyer photographed the items and collected them as evidence before sending it to the state crime lab in Madison on Oct. 28, 2019 after a field test couldn’t identify the substance on the spoon.

Ripon police received the results from the state crime lab March 20, 2020, which found the metal spoon had tested positive for the presence of Fentanyl.

Krueger had previously been charged with possession of Methamphetamine in Fond du Lac County in 2018, possession of narcotics in Milwaukee County in 2016 and for manufacturing/delivering heroin in 2016, according to public records.

If convicted, Krueger faces $10,500 in fines and up to eight years in prison. Because he is considered a repeat offender, his sentence could be increased.

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Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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