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RACINE — A Caledonia woman is facing homicide charges after an individual died of a drug overdose in February.

Jana L. Mehevic, 29, of the 3600 block of River Bend Drive, has been charged with a felony count of first-degree reckless homicide as party to a crime, two felony counts of delivering cocaine as a party to a crime and one felony count of delivery of a schedule one narcotic.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Feb. 18, Racine police were dispatched to a house on the 900 block of William Street and found a man on the second floor unconscious and on his back.

Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful. The medical examiner arrived on the scene to pronounce the man dead. An autopsy performed on Feb. 19 indicated that the cause of death was “acute mixed drug intoxication of cocaine and fentanyl.”

Found on the floor near the body were a uncapped needle and a glass pipe “charred at both ends.” Officers also found a paper bag containing a “white powdery rock-like substance” and a cell phone. They also found a blue rubberized “tie-off,” a spoon, a small tea light candle, a piece of cotton and a screw driver.

According to cellphone records obtained by police, the victim exchanged text messages with Mehevic about purchasing drugs in Milwaukee. Mehevic went with Matthew J. Halkowitz, of the 3400 block of North Main St., Racine, who is facing charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place, to Milwaukee to purchase drugs.

Mehevic admitted she goes to Milwaukee to buy drugs for herself. Mehevic said she and Halkowitz, 36, bought crack cocaine twice for the victim on Feb. 17.

Police interviewed Halkowitz, who admitted to giving the victim crack but also stated the victim asked him and Mehevic to get more crack and that Mehevic did so.

Police believe the drugs Mehevic and Halkowitz delivered to the victim are what caused his death.

Mehevic was scheduled for an initial appearance in court on Friday. An arrest warrant for Mehevic was issued on Thursday; she was not in custody as of Friday evening, according to online records. If convicted, Mehevic could face up to 25 years in prison and up to 15 years of extended supervision.

Halkowitz was charged in late February for maintaining a drug trafficking place and possessing drug paraphernalia. His next court date is scheduled for July 27.

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