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Home of ex-head of Democratic Party searched after overdose

MADISON, Wis. - The home of the former head of the Wisconsin Democratic Party was searched after a woman died there from a drug overdose.

A search warrant says 42-year-old Jason Sidener of Fitchburg told police he woke up Sept. 12 to find a 30-year-old woman "breathing really weird." He took her to the hospital, suspecting heroin use, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Sidener hasn't been arrested or charged, but his home was searched as part of a death investigation. Documents show authorities found crack cocaine, needles and other drug paraphernalia. His attorney didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press.

"Upon returning from medical leave it became apparent that the road to full recovery would be longer than expected," Sidener said in a statement to WisPolitics.com at the time of his resignation. "Resigning to focus on complete recovery is the best thing for my health and necessary for the party to be able to completely focus on reelecting Tammy Baldwin and beating Scott Walker." 

Sidener became executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in December. Court documents show he was recently fired for performance issues.

Toxicology tests show Monique Allen of Madison had heroin, fentanyl and cocaine in her system.


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