Meth bust follows traffic stop
Two men face felony drug charges
Jeffery L. Saari, 22, Manawa, and Delton E. Schmoldt, 24, Fremont, are charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Jan. 10, Wisconsin State Trooper Mitch Butterbrodt stopped a vehicle on High Street in Weyauwega because its tail lights were tinted.
The driver, identified as Saari, told Butterbrodt that he was aware of the tail lamp issue and planned to replace the lens.
Saari also admitted that he did not have a driver’s license.
His license was suspended on May 22, 2017, for failure to pay a $200 fine for operating without a valid license.
In addition to his criminal charges, Saari was cited for operating while suspended.
According to the criminal complaint, when Saari opened his glove compartment to show Butterbrodt that he had car insurance, the trooper saw a Chore Boy box.
Chore Boy is a steel wool cleaning pad that is also used as a filter for smoking meth and crack.
Saari reportedly said he used the Chore Boy for cleaning the rims of his vehicle.
Butterbrodt noted that Sari’s hands were shaking and he avoided eye contact.
When Butterbrodt told the front seat passenger, Schmoldt, to exit the vehicle he saw a folding knife sticking out of his pants pocket. Butterbrodt then conducted a pat down search for weapons and reported finding two syringes and meth wrapped in tin foil in Schmoldt’s pockets.
Saari allegedly also had meth in a plastic gem bag.
Both Saari and Schmoldt were released from custody on signature bonds.