Homeless woman faces drug charges

faces felony drug sale and possession charges and misdemeanor charges of carrying a BB gun in a public place.

Charges were filed against Hannah C. Nelson in Brown County District Court Monday. Her bail was set at $25,000 without conditions; no bail with conditions. An initial court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m. July 14.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to the Econo Lodge, 1901 S. Broadway at 11:05 a.m. July 2 for a report of two men and woman acting suspiciously, entering and exiting a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Police were aware the vehicle is commonly driven by Nelson, due to many past calls involving her and the car.

Officer Tara Martin arrived at the motel and noticed the car parked in the parking lot. The driver’s side door was open and occupied by a woman digging around in the car. Martin identified the woman as Nelson and noticed two large butane bottles, commonly used for methamphetamine behind the passenger side rear floor area while Nelson was digging in the back seat.

Martin told Nelson of the report police got. Nelson identified the two men with her in the car. Martin knew police regularly get information about the two men involved in narcotic sales activity and that the three people and another man were known to be involved in drug activity at Hillside Apartments. Other police arrived and noticed blunt wrappers in plain view in the car.

Nelson told police she was visiting a man at the Econo Lodge because he owes her “$200 for driving him around.”

A witness told police Nelson and the men were involved in suspicious activity, what he thought was “drug runs” since 5 a.m., digging in the car and making trips to the room and car.

Items seized by police included 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, three uncased BB guns, multiple methamphetamine pipes and small bongs, marijuana pipes, and a small amount of THC wax.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.


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