Traffic stop leads to drug bust

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On Oct. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit was patrolling in the village of Ferryville. The deputy observed a 2007 Toyota Corolla operating southbound exceeding the speed limit. The deputy discovered the registration to not be valid and the registered owner to be revoked.

The Corolla turned off of Highway 35 onto County C and pulled into the yard of a residence on Maple Street to avoid the deputy. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and both male occupants began moving around within the vehicle. Both occupants were removed and detained.

The driver was identified as Justin Ringleman, 31, Cassville, and his passenger was Brooke Nolte, 29, Shullsburg. The deputy observed indicators of narcotics use on the driver and several indicators of drug abuse within the vehicle.

A sock with a digital scale, a bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located on the ground within a couple feet of the open passenger window. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and subsequently alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded another small bag of marijuana, a methamphetamine smoking device and two baggies of crystal methamphetamine.

Ringleman was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and operating after revocation.

Nolte was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction and a probation violation.

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