Citizen call to police leads to meth catch and arrest
An alert Springfield citizen who called police regarding a suspicious vehicle the evening of July 1, led to the arrest of a man and woman in possession of methamphetamine.
William J. Roalson, 29, 425 Mount Avenue, Mankato, was charged in Brown County District Court July 2 with felony third degree possession of 3 grams or more methamphetamine and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of child; and Cheryl A. Brackelsberg 29, 116 E. Prince Street, Lake Crystal, was charged July 2 with felony fifth degree drug possession – not small amount of marijuana and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.
According to a Statement of Probable Cause, a Springfield citizen contacted Springfield Police about a suspicious vehicle at 9 p.m. July 1. A white sedan with its engine running, lights on and occupants inside was in the parking lot of a business at 301 South County Road 5 for about 30 minutes.
Police stopped the vehicle just east of County Road 5 on Highway 14. The vehicle was occupied by an adult female driver, an adult male front seat passenger and a young child in the rear passenger seat. The driver was identified as Brackelsberg and the front seat passenger as Roalson.
During a search police found a large roll of cash, a small Crown Royal bag, and the suspects were placed in the rear seat of a squad vehicle, pending investigation. Police found what the suspects admitted was a “meth pipe” in a pocket and a hard plastic container with two plastic baggies with suspected methamphetamine.
A third baggie had 25 separate, empty baggies in it. Police found $120 cash in the container and $130 in Roulson’s pocket.
Both suspects were arrested. Brackelsberg admitting to selling about one gram of meth at the business where the vehicle was earlier seen. Roalson said the meth found on him was for personal use.
Police weighed the suspect baggies at 2.41 and 2.31 grams each. A small amount of suspected meth was tested with an NIC test kit and tested positive for the presence of meth.
Roalson’s criminal history showed a third degree controlled substance crime conviction on Oct. 19, 2009, in Blue Earth County.