Complaint: Young boy asked about meth

Posted: 4th September 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Four people accused of running a Baraboo meth lab manufactured the drug in the presence of two young children, according to court documents.

While state investigators removed evidence from the alleged methamphetamine laboratory last month, a detective questioned a young boy who lived at the residence.

The boy said he was in the basement and questioned his uncle about what he was doing. He said his uncle told him he was “making alcohol,” according to the criminal complaint filed Thursday.

The uncle, identified as Randy Nachtigal 39, and his sisters, Anna M. Nachtigal, 29 and Angela M. Nachtigal, 33 and Matthew D. Boehning, 33 made initial appearances via video Friday from Sauk County jail.

When officers entered the home last month they found two adults — Anna M. Nachtigal and Boehning and an 8-month-old boy and the older boy.

Boehning told police Anna Nachtigal’s brother, Randy Nachtigal, was “cooking” the meth, but if he ever tried to ask him to stop it was “World War Five” with Anna Nachtigal, the complaint states. Boehning also told police Angela Nachtigal helped make meth by filtering the product.

State Division of Criminal Investigation agents reported finding bottles in the basement sink with a clear liquid and a white residue at the bottom of them. The complaint states that a chemical test on the liquid showed it was a product of the methamphetamine manufacturing process.

Investigators also found camp fuel, tubes going into bottles, ammonium nitrate packs, masks and lithium batteries. They also found empty packs of pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in the meth manufacturing process.

On Friday, a judge set bail significantly lower than what Sauk County Assistant District Attorney Michael Albrecht asked for in the case.

“We all know that the drug meth is very dangerous, but the manufacturing of it is very volatile. There can be an explosion at any time while it’s being made,” Albrecht said. “All four of these defendants are facing very significant penalties.”

Albrecht said the Nachtigals have a connection to Missouri and could flee the state.

Sauk County Public Defender Deb O’Rourke, who represented the four defendants on Friday, asked that they be given signature bonds.

All four of the defendants have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony. Anna Nachtigal and Boehning also were charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, a felony.

Albrecht asked for $50,000 cash bail for Anna and Angela Nachtigal and Boehning. He asked for $75,000 cash bail for Randy Nachtigal because he was the “cooker” of the meth.

Sauk County Circuit Court Judge James Evenson ordered Anna Nachtigal and Angela Nachtigal each held on $2,500 cash bail. While Evenson ordered Boehning held on a $3,000 cash bail, and set bail at $5,000 for Randy Nachtigal.

If convicted, Boehning and Anna Nachtigal face up to 16 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. If Angela Nachtigal and Randy Nachtigal are convicted they face up to 12 years and six months in prison and a $25,000 fine.



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