Child rescued from alleged drug den in Wisconsin Dells apartment; 2 adults arrested | Regional news |


A 2-year-old Wisconsin Dells child was placed in protective custody after the child’s mother and a male companion were arrested Friday in possession of an estimated $25,000 street value’s worth of illicit drugs.

Robert L. Miller, 36, and Jessica Surratt, 28, were arrested and are facing charges of child neglect, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession with intent to distribute various illegal and prescription drugs, according to a news release from Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards.

The couple is suspected of selling drugs from an apartment at 818 Cedar St., where Surratt’s 2-year-old also lived. Their charges include possession with intent to deliver cocaine, THC and Schedule 2 narcotics.

The child was removed from the home by child protective services “due to the living conditions of the apartment and the drug-endangered environment,” according to the news release.

Miller and Surratt both were taken to the Columbia County Jail.

The Drug Unit for the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at the apartment after police received reports that “people were selling cocaine from an apartment” in the Dells. The investigators identified Apartment 4 at 818 Cedar St. “as the location where cocaine sales were occurring.”

Approximately 8.5 ounces “of both crack and powder cocaine,” approximately 1.5 ounces of marijuana, “various controlled and prescription medications” and $5,700 in cash as well as drug ledgers, paraphernalia, safes and packing materials were found during the search.

“All of these drugs including the prescription drugs were being sold,” according to the news release.

The arrests and seizure of drugs were the result of an ongoing investigation of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Wisconsin Dells Police Department and Columbia County Health and Human Services Social Workers.