Mamie A. Nero, 34, Waupaca, was charged with three felony counts of possession of prescription drugs with intent to deliver, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of obstructing an officer, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine.
At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy James Santiago noticed a burgundy Ford station wagon parked near the pumps as he pulled into the Fremont Citgo gas station. A man was sitting in the front passenger seat and a woman was sitting in the back seat.
Santiago then saw a woman exit the station, start to walk toward the car, then stop and return into the store after she saw the patrol car. For the next 10 minutes, Santiago watched the woman look at merchandise near the store’s window, according to the criminal complaint.
The deputy then drove a short distance away and parked his squad car where he could observe the store. About five minutes later, Santiago saw the station wagon back out of the pump area with its lights off and go behind the store.
Santiago then drove to a nearby cheese factory where he could observe the vehicle, which had parked next to the vacuum cleaner area. He reported seeing the vehicle’s rear hatch open and the man taking things out of the car and placing them into a trash can.
After an hour of surveillance, Santiago drove back to the Fremont Citgo and pulled behind the station wagon. He made contact with the driver, who identified herself as “Jamie Gurholt.” However, she said she had no driver’s license with her and no proof of insurance.
The woman reportedly told Santiago she had parked her car at the gas station because it was making a funny noise and she did not want to drive it anymore.
She also told the deputy that she, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s brother had just purchased the car, the complaint says.
When Santiago asked her boyfriend’s name, the woman said they had been dating a couple of weeks and she only knew his first name.
Santiago radioed for Deputy Nick Traeger to assist from the K-9 unit. While sniffing the vehicle, the dog alerted to the presence of drugs.
Deputy Tim Myers also arrived to assist. He initiated a search of the vehicle and found a semi-automatic handgun, loaded with .40-caliber hollow point bullets.
The officers also found a small ledger with names, phone numbers, dollar figures and quantities of what they believed were drugs. Dozens of prescription pills and a driver’s license with the name and photo of Mamie Nero were also found.
The woman admitted to being Nero. A records check found Adams County had issued a warrant for Nero’s arrest after she failed to appear in court on drug-related charges on Nov. 13.
Nero was convicted of possession of cocaine in Marquette County in April 2005.