Two residences in the city of Ripon recently have been the subject of search warrants related to a series of drug overdoses that have occurred in the community in the last four weeks.

   According to the Ripon Police Department, the city has responded to seven drug overdoses at locations across the city during that time. This led to several criminal investigations that led to search warrants being served at the two residences.

   The drugs involved, according to Ripon Police Capt. Troy Damsteegt, include meth, heroin and cocaine.

   The searches led to “numerous items of evidence regarding possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics, and distribution have been seized,” according to a press release from the department.

   Several individuals also have been identified as suspects in these cases, and the Ripon Police Department expects to be referring the individuals to the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s office for charges.

   Because they have not yet been charged, the names of the individuals as well as the location at which the search warrants were executed have not yet been released by the Ripon Police Department.

   According to the department, the search warrants were obtained after a substantial amount of investigation and interviews with numerous individuals were completed by Ripon Police Department officers and an investigator from the Lake Winnebago Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM) drug unit.

   Requested charges for the individuals allegedly involved may include possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug house, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

   “The officers of the city of Ripon Police Department aggressively investigate drug distribution cases. We will pursue any individual that we can show is involved in the sale, distribution, or possession of these dangerous substances in our community,” Police Chief Bill Wallner said.

   The cases remain under investigation.