Updated: August 21, 2014 6:53AM
One of two Lockport women who were among the first in the country to be documented as victims of the heroin knockoff drug known as Krokodil faces a new heroin charge.
Amber Neitzel, 27, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with delivery of drugs stemming from an investigation by the Will County Cooperative Police Assistance Team.
Brooke Bartnik, 31, of Joliet, also was arrested and charged with Neitzel.
“We conducted undercover purchases of heroin from both of those girls,” Wayne Ladd, the team’s director, said.
He said the investigation led to a search of Bartnik’s residence on Wednesday where police found more than 50 needles and empty plastic bags.
Ladd said there were small children present while drugs were being sold, although they weren’t at the residence during the police search.
After the search, police later found and arrested Neitzel and Bartnik. Neitzel’s sister, Angela Neitzel, also was briefly taken into custody because she was with her sister, but wasn’t charged and was released, Ladd said.
The Neitzel sisters made headlines in October after being released from St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet after being treated for the effects of Krokodil, which includes gangrene.
The drug consists of codeine tablets mixed with gasoline, paint thinner, butane and other chemicals to create an injectable drug that destroys blood vessels, killing tissue near the injection point, according to Dr. Abhin Singla, St. Joseph’s director of addiction services.
Amber Neitzel said at the time that she and her sister didn’t know they were using Krokodil. She said the experience had caused her to get clean.