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Home of ex-head of Democratic Party searched after overdose

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MADISON (WKOW) - 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, 2017, to find 30-year-old woman Monique Allen "breathing really weird." He took her to St. Mary's Hospital, suspecting heroin use, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Fitchburg Police Lieutenant Don Bomkamp tells 27 News Sidener told officers he and Allen had shared marijuana at his Fitchburg condominium, before he discovered her in distress in the early morning hours.

But the affidavit states an officer examined text messages from Sidener's phone, with "...text messages from Jason indicating he is doing the 'hard stuff," and he will bring the 'hard.' "  Authorities say "hard" is a street slang term for heroin and cocaine.  Court records state there was heroin, fentanyl and cocaine in Allen's system contributing to the overdose.

Search warrant records state what officers seized from Sidener's apartment included suspected marijuana, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and controlled substances without prescription to Sidener.

Sidener hasn't been arrested or charged.  His attorney didn't immediately return a message from 27 News, .

Sidener became executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in December. Court documents show, and Bomkamp states Sidener  was recently fired for performance issues.  The affidavit includes statements from a co-worker that Sidener was "disappearing" for long periods from work  The co-worker states Sidener was fired from his job as a result of work performance issues.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin released the following statement, to include a different explanation for Sidener's separation as an employee from the party:

“Here at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, our employees are family and the news today has been heartbreaking.  Legal obligations keep us from commenting on personnel matters, but it was previously shared that our former Executive Director Jason Sidener, who started in the position in January of this year, took Family and Medical Leave in August. Last month, he returned to work only briefly before departing, citing that it would be the best thing for his health and that ‘the road to full recovery would be longer than expected.'

“We are cooperating fully with police and ask that everyone defer to their investigation out of respect for all those involved.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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