Police: Woman walking dog leads to heroin arrest

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June 24 – EAU CLAIRE – A woman walking her dog was finally arrested on outstanding warrants and heroin-related drug charges, police say.

Taylor N. Lapham, 26, of 520 Maple St., Chippewa Falls, was charged in Eau Claire County Court this week with counts of delivering heroin and possession of heroin with intent to deliver , and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed knife and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A signing bond of $5,000 has been set for Lapham, requiring him to maintain absolute sobriety.

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Lapham returns to court on August 2.

According to the criminal complaint:

An Eau Claire police officer on routine patrol on June 18 noticed a woman walking a dog near Whipple and Cameron streets and recognized her as Lapham.

The officer conducted a records check and discovered that Lapham had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The officer then noticed that Lapham had picked up his dog and was walking faster.

The officer then arrested Lapham and she asked him if she had done anything wrong. The officer told her she would be arrested for multiple terms.

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Based on the officer’s advice, Lapham called someone to retrieve the dog. When she handed the dog to a man, she tried to hand him a pouch.

The officer took the pouch, which contained several small plastic bags containing heroin.

Lapham told the officer that there were other illegal drugs in his fanny pack.

A search of all of Lapham’s personal effects yielded additional plastic bags containing heroin, a digital scale, a used syringe, a pocket knife, several pink pills, a telephone and cash.

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Lapham told the officer she was unwilling to answer questions about her drug use and alleged drug delivery activities.

Lapham is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. She was convicted of one count of jumping bail in September 2020 in Eau Claire County.

If convicted of the felony charges in the new case, Lapham could face up to 20 years in prison.

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