LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A Milwaukee man is charged with bringing heroin into the La Crosse County Jail which nearly caused an overdose death of another inmate.
Lindsy Mason, Jr. was booked into the jail on October 1 on an unrelated charge. The new charge filed against him is delivery of heroin as a repeat offender.
The criminal complaint said that on October 5, an inmate, Joseph Franzoi, was found unresponsive in one of the cells. He was revived by jail staff with two doses of Narcan.
The complaint said that when investigators reviewed cameras in the jail, they showed that Franzoi and another inmate snorted something and that Mason supplied it.
The other inmate later told investigators that when Mason came into the cell block, he’d brought with him a quantity of heroin. He said Franzoi got some of the heroin from Mason, who then shared it with the inmate.
The inmate said Mason traded the drugs with other inmates for items from the jail commissary.
Although he was told of the video evidence, the complaint said Mason denied bringing any heroin into the jail or having any on him at any time.
He is scheduled to return to court on October 16.