Three people are facing homicide charges in Marathon County Circuit Court after a 28-year-old Wausau man overdosed on heroin and died early Saturday, police said.

Shabaka Nubian-Yl, 51, Riley Weinkauf, 28, and Tonya Muzynoski, 37, are all facing charges in connection with the death and are being held in the Marathon County Jail, according to a Marathon County Sheriff’s Department news release. The three were arrested on Saturday on preliminary charges of first degree reckless homicide and a range of drug trafficking charges, according to Monday’s Marathon County Jail report.

Emergency responders just before midnight at a home on Hwy. W in the town of Texas for a report of a man lying on the floor who was “red all over his skin,” according to the release. Deputies began CPR and lifesaving attempts continued until 12:40 a.m., when the man was pronounced dead.

The death was determined to have occurred immediately following the use of heroin by the victim, according to the release. Investigation into the source of the heroin led investigators to three suspects who admitted to being in possession of the heroin the victim ingested prior to his death, police said.

Investigators then searched the Weston home where two of the suspects lived and found 33.78 grams of packaged heroin and more than $10,000 in cash. The same two suspects also had 14.74 grams of packaged heroin in their possession at the time of their arrest during a traffic stop in the town of Rib Mountain. In total, detectives seized 960 doses of heroin worth an estimated street value of $24,000.00 during the investigation.

The name of the man who died is not yet being released.

All three suspects are due in court Monday afternoon.

Pictured, left to right: Shabaka Nubian-Yl, Tonya Muzynoski, and Riley Weinkauf (Courtesy of Marathon County Sheriff’s Department)

8 replies on “3 charged in weekend heroin overdose death”

  1. Hint: comprehensive, well-funded mental health treatment has alot to do with it.

  2. Max Progressive wrote, “Something needs to be done about the recidivism rate of area criminals, and the costs of that to taxpayers!”
    Drug policy reform is needed. If we take the billions of dollars we spend on police and spend that money on treatment we will see better outcomes and less expense all around. If we allow for the controlled use of drugs that are currently illegal (decriminalize the use of illegal drugs) and worry more about the effects on the users and society – rather than being vindictive and locking users up – things might improve. Clearly the current method, which depends on punitive measures, costly jails, clogs the courts and distracts the police, has not worked. The current way we deal with illegal drugs has been unchanged since “War on Drugs” was declared by Richard Nixon in 1971, some 46 years ago. Even with a change in approach the problems of addiction would not be completely solved, and never will be, but I’d bet that by removing the police from the equation and reducing street prices by allowing for “controlled purchase” from “authorized vendors” fewer people will die and costs to the taxpayer would decrease.

  3. So herion purchased from an “authorized” dealer is less dangerous and addictive than herion purchased form a street dealer. Say what!

  4. [So herion purchased from an “authorized” dealer is less dangerous and addictive than herion purchased form a street dealer. Say what!]
    Yes actually, heroin, for example would be less dangerous from a controlled seller. Drugs obtained from, oh say, a pharmacy would not be “stepped on,” adulterated, with stuff like fentanyl or carfentanil. Controlled sale would bring drug prices down too; removing the economic need to “sell” drugs to new users. Lots of advantages. Addiction is not going to go away. Like I said, Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” almost 50 years ago and the problems with drug use are worse now than then. Time to try something else, I think.

  5. What about being less addictive? Are we throwing in the towel in getting people off drugs? If so, why not drunk driving. People are going to continue to drive and drink, so why punish them with fines and jail time? Druggies, like drunks, pose a clear and present danger to the general population. Legalizing either does little to keep the rest of us safe.

  6. [What about being less addictive? Are we throwing in the towel in getting people off drugs? If so, why not drunk driving. ]
    Addiction is not the issue that Max originally raised, nor should it be, I think. Treatment is of paramount importance because clearly punitive measure have failed. I didn’t suggest legalizing drugs, I, and many others, suggest decriminalizing drugs – there is a big difference between the paradigms. FWIW many drug users (including addicts) do just fine, hold down jobs, and are productive contributors to our society and culture. The WNYC program ON THE MEDIIA did a show last week called “This American War on Drugs.” They did a pretty good job covering the history of the “War on Drugs.”

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