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Prison sentence stayed in Superior heroin case

The last of four men charged in connection with the 2016 seizure of about $12,000 worth of heroin in Superior may not serve prison time.

Benjamin Alan Tatzel, 32, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 10, to party to deliver heroin. A five-year prison sentence and five years of extended supervision was imposed but stayed. He was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days jail with Huber work release and ordered to pay $2,733 in fines and court costs. He also pleaded no contest to bail jumping and an unrelated charge of fourth offense operating while intoxicated and was sentenced to 330 days in jail concurrent as well as a $4,026 fine and 33-month driver's license revocation. Charges of fourth offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, maintain drug trafficking place and possession of narcotic drugs were dismissed.

According to the complaint, investigators with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Superior Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Office served a no-knock search warrant on a residence in Homecroft Court.

Nearly 84 grams of heroin was found on or near Robbin Damonta Alexander, who was seated on a chair. A small amount of heroin, 0.46 grams, was also found in a room belonging to Nathan Christopher Lucia.

The residence was owned by Tatzel, who told investigators he allowed Alexander to stay at the residence in exchange for a small amount of heroin.

Another male, Brandon Lee Tomaich, 24, of Superior was seen leaving the residence and walking to one of the nearby stores to meet with someone in a vehicle. When investigators spoke with him, Tomaich admitted to selling heroin to the occupants of the vehicle.

Alexander, 33, of Chicago pleaded no contest to possession with intent to deliver heroin in April 2017 and was sentenced to seven years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. His recent motion for a new trial was denied Aug. 14 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Two other Superior men were charged in connection with the case. Nathan Christopher Lucia, 24, pleaded no contest to possession of narcotic drugs and served 18 months of probation. Brandon Lee Tomaich, 24, pleaded no contest to one count of party to possession with intent to deliver heroin. He was sentenced to three years and three months of state prison and seven years of extended supervision.

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