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Winona man, woman caught with drugs during traffic stop face felony charges

January 7, 2019

A Winona man and woman were arrested on felony drug charges Saturday after officers conducting a traffic stop discovered methamphetamine and a syringe containing what is believed to be heroin.

Brenden Lee Thatcher, 55, and Nicole Angelica Klink, 31, were each charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance when they appeared in Winona County Court on Monday morning. Thatcher also faces lesser charges for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, Thatcher and his passenger, Klink, were stopped near Fourth and Vine streets for failing to signal a turn before coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.

The officer reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Klink admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to entering the vehicle.

A search of Thatcher’s vehicle revealed 0.41 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe, 0.06 grams of methamphetamine in a contact lens container and a loaded syringe believed to contain 30 units of a “light brown liquid of suspected heroin,” the criminal complaint said.

Both Thatcher and Klink were released without bail under the condition they remain law-abiding, consume no alcohol or controlled substances, make all future court dates, and submit to random drug testing. They were also given the option of posting a $10,000 bond without conditions. Thatcher and Klink’s next court dates are Jan. 18 and Jan. 24, respectively.

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