MADISON, Wis. -

Charges were filed against three Dane County men in connection with a drug investigation Saturday at 1434 Northport Drive, according to a release.

Dominic Lombardo, of Madison, and Bryan Brooks (a.k.a. Christopher Johnson), of Middleton, were charged with possession of heroin as party to a crime, according to the release. Ryan Spence, of Madison, was charged with delivery of heroin.

All three men made their initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon, according to the release. Preliminary hearings for Spence and Brooks are set for Aug. 8 and Sept. 23 for Lombardo.

According to the criminal complaint, Lombardo, Brooks and Spence talked about purchasing heroin early Saturday.

Lombardo allegedly drove Spence to the north side of Madison where Spence was able to purchase heroin, according to the complaint. Spence and Lombardo were joined by Brooks and heroin was consumed in the vehicle.

Officials said they had contact with the three men in the parking lot of a business on Northport Drive.

According to the criminal complaint, police recovered a small amount of heroin, used syringes containing suspected heroin, and various drug paraphernalia associated with the use of heroin inside the car.

The complaint said all three defendants gave statements to police implicating themselves in the drug activity.

Possession of heroin is a Class 1 felony punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000 or imprisonment for no more than three years and six months, or both, according to the release. Delivery of heroin is a Class F felony punishable by a fine of no more than $25,000 or imprisonment for no more than 12 years and six months, or both.

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