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Robert J. HeiACninger, 20 (St. Croix County Jail photo)

Two charged with possession of heroin, intent to distribute


At least two people arrested in New Richmond have been formally charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

Robert J. Heininger, 20, of New Richmond, and Brandon L. Killion, 17, of Houlton, are facing felony drug charges stemming from an alleged late-night traffic stop on North Knowles Avenue on Dec. 10.


According to the criminal complaint filed by the St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office, New Richmond officers pulled over a maroon Audi on suspicion that the driver was operating with a revoked license outside of his occupational license hours.

Heininger, who was driving the vehicle, admitted he was operating outside of his hours, according to the complaint.

The officer also recognized Killion from past contacts as an individual with a bond that included a curfew restriction. After verifying the information, the officers arrested both Heininger and Killion, according to the complaint.

After the suspects were taken into custody, a drug dog with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office indicated that drugs were present in the vehicle. During a search, police found a marijuana shake and two cell phones. One of the cell phones displayed a text message asking if they had a “fat sack” for them, according to the complaint.

In addition, Heininger’s cell phone rang while he was in custody. Heininger requested that the officer answer it and put it on speaker phone. According to the complaint, the call was from Heininger’s girlfriend. The suspect told her that he was going to jail and that his “car was clean.” The woman then asked where everything was. Heininger responded that there was nothing in the vehicle and that he was with a police officer at the time.

When the New Richmond officer arrived at St. Croix County Jail with the two suspects and completed paperwork, he saw a baggie fall out of Killion’s pant leg, according to the complaint. A strip search was conducted, and another baggie was found inside Killion.

According to the complaint, Killion admitted that he had four bags before he was arrested and that he had swallowed some substances. After he was taken to the hospital, a deputy discovered a third baggie inside Killion’s long underwear in the early morning hours of Dec. 11 while the suspect’s property was being logged.

Some of the substances found tested positive for heroin while other tests were inconclusive, according to the complaint. One of the bags contained a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana.

Heininger has a pretrial conference scheduled for March 12, and Killion is scheduled to next appear for a pretrial conference on March 3.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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