- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

VIENNA, Wis. (AP) - The director of a home for recovering drug addicts has been arrested after residents said he did nothing to stop rampant drug use there.

The director of the sober living house in the town of Vienna was arrested Thursday on tentative charges of dispensing drugs illegally, theft and running a drug house, the Wisconsin State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/10bkWZ7 ).

A search warrant filed in Dane County Circuit Court said some residents were referred to the house or placed there by probation officials. When some complained that other residents were high, the director referred them to God instead of taking action, the warrant says.

The director is also accused of profiting from the residents’ rent. Residents told investigators they had to pay a $200 deposit, and didn’t get that money back. One former resident told authorities she left within a day because of the drugs at the home, and she didn’t get her rent back, according to the warrant.

During four days in September and October, investigators searched trash that was left outside the home. Authorities said they found a syringe containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, a spoon with an apparent burn mark on the bottom, tourniquets and many empty packets of Suboxone, which is used to combat heroin addiction and can also be abused.

Nobody who worked at the home was authorized to dispense Suboxone, the warrant said.

The warrant says the director claimed to be a substance abuse counselor. State records show he was licensed as a substance abuse counselor-in-training in 2010. His license expired in February 2013.

The property owners told the Wisconsin State Journal that director told them he was licensed and wouldn’t tolerate drugs at the home.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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