A traffic stop in Weyauwega resulted in three people with prior records being arrested on drug charges.
Derrick J. Pagel, 25, Waupaca, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, illegal possession of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jason P. Rohde, 29, Waupaca, was charged with felony possession of narcotics as a repeat offender and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Danyelle J. Lang, 25, Fremont, was charged with felony bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, May 14, Weyauwega Police Officer Curtis Much made a traffic stop on County Trunk F after observing a vehicle with a loud exhaust.
Much made contact with the driver, identified as Pagel, while Cpl. Adam Rogge approached the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
Rogge recognized a back seat passenger as Lang, whom he had arrested on narcotics and meth charges after a traffic stop in December 2014. After Lang was taken into custody in December, deputies at the jail reported finding three syringes and a cotton swab with heroin residue in a pouch under her shirt. She was then released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond.
When Rogge ran a records check on Lang, he learned she had an active warrant. He also learned that the front seat passenger, Rodhe, had a warrant from Wood County. Pagel had no active warrants, but he had prior minor drug-related convictions.
Much reported that Pagel seemed nervous and would not make eye contact.
Rogge told Pagel to exit the vehicle. When he questioned Pagel about the possibility of finding drugs in the vehicle, Pagel suggested that Lang or Rohde may have needles either on them or in the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
Police reported finding a digital scale with heroin residue under the passenger seat and four unused syringes, a rubber arm band and cotton swabs in Lang’s purse.
They also seized a used syringe and a dirty cotton swab that tested positive for heroin residue in the pocket of Rohde’s sweatshirt, which was in the back seat. Rohde said the used syringe belonged to Lang.