Prosecutors recently filed two felony cases against a Weyauwega woman.

Stephanie A. Pingel, 27, is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana following a March 3 arrest.

She faces the same charges plus a count of possession of drug paraphernalia following a Nov. 13, 2016, traffic stop.

On the morning of March 3, Waupaca Police Officer Nate Nelson was following up on a drug investigation. A woman who had medications that were not prescribed to her told Nelson she obtained them from a home on Granite Street.

Nelson went to the home to speak with the resident.

When Nelson entered the living room, he reported seeing Pingel grab a syringe and place it under the seat cushion of the couch where she was sitting.

Nelson told Pingel to stand up and walk away from the couch.

After the resident signed a Consent to Search form, Nelson found a loaded syringe and a gem bag with a white crystal-like residue under the cushion.

According to the criminal complaint, police found a small amount of marijuana in her backpack.

On the night of Nov. 13, Marion Police Officer Eric Krause was informed that a vehicle suspected of being involved in drug activity in Shawano County was last seen traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 45 toward Marion.

Krause located the vehicle on Main Street and stopped it near Quarterline Road.

Pingel was the driver and Krause asked her if there were any drugs or drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.

Pingel initially denied having any drugs, the complaint says. Then Krause told her there was security video of her at the casino, and he had a drug-detection dog in his squad car.

Pingel then reportedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine and marijuana that evening.

Krause reported Pingel removed a plastic container from her pocket. There were three small plastic bags, one of which had a small amount of white powder, while the other two had marijuana residue, the complaint says.

A small amount of marijuana was also reported found in a locked metal case under the front passenger seat.

 

 

 

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