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GREEN BAY (AP) — The daughter of a Wisconsin lawmaker faces new criminal charges accusing her of possessing narcotics.

Cassie Nygren

Cassie Nygren

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Nygren of Marinette appeared in Brown County court on Monday, September 29th after being arrested Friday morning. A report by Press-Gazette Media said Nygren faces two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of possessing an illegally obtained prescription.

Nygren’s struggle with heroin has made her a face of recovery and prompted her father, Republican state Rep. John Nygren, to draft legislation aimed at helping addicts.

Rep. Nygren told WBAY-TV that he’s “disappointed, saddened, a little angry” but not surprised by his daughter’s arrest. He did not appear at her hearing.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash bond. Defense attorney Shannon Viel said it was too early to comment.

15 comments

  • cut and dry

    It takes his daughters struggles with heroin to have him draft legislation?! I thought law makers work for the people!!! Yeah right!!!

    • bderk.

      that’s how it always works. When it hits home they want to make it an issue. Yet we have so many in Milwaukee who can;t even get the help they need to stay clean. Sad we don’t look at every case the same, not just when it hits home of these lawmakers!

  • Km

    She won’t serve jail time either. They will shuffle her away to another rehab. The other addict from another zip code would be in jail with a higher bail to make. New laws only pop up when it affects them personally and professionally.

  • Dmarie

    Addiction can happen to anyone. Have some compassion for her and the entire Nygren family. If any of the family reads these comments, I will pray for this beautiful young lady to fight her demons & win!! She can do it, I know! She has a loving family that will help her, but she can only find the right path on her own. To the Nygren family, tell her that you love her EVERY DAY. Hug her tight, tell her that you all hurt for her, but you all will be there for her, no matter what. She is hurting enough mentally & physically. She needs a lot of people who love her to be there for her. God Bless you all.

  • cut and dry

    I didn’t mean to be so cut and dry on my first statement! I looked him up and I do have compassion….I have been around it my entire life…Heroin is a devastating drug!! It tears apart families and deteriorates communities, from the affluent to destitute!! 5 years heroin was a difficult drug to locate!! Its easier than finding marijuana now!!! From percocets to codiene, the opiates have the same affects!! I hope other law makers work harder to make difference and not until it hits home first, but rather listen to the streets and the people!!!

  • Mel

    Super sick of the opiate stories. You people are making us legitimate pain patients be treated like criminals and doctors refuse to provide a safe, non organ damaging treatment now because of screw ups like this guy’s kid. And we can’t forget lovely Officer Massa, stealing from her dying grandma. Also tired of idiots with clout having their relatives wrists slapped because they are in power. Maybe there wouldn’t be a heroin problem if this country would wake up and realize that prohibition doesn’t work and that legitimate pain patients are turning to illegal things because real doctors insist on brutal, barbaric and unproven methods be used for “a first line” before opioids are prescribed. Remember people. There are people that don’t become addicts like this girl, we are not all stupid and degenerate junkies like this one. And stop always blaming pain pills for the heroin epidemic, its your government’s fault, they forced people to the black market, just like during prohibition. You are now feeling the ripple effects of your government telling you what is best for you, what you can and cannot do and prosecuting doctors for
    legitimate prescribing because dumb people like this and the other one that scam the system. Quit confusing the public, heroin is NOT what people are getting when they need pain treated.

    • Dmarie

      The ones who need to be locked up are the ones who manufacture this garbage then go & get other lowlifes to go out & sell it! They should be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Many give it out for free, then once someone gets hooked, bam! They crave it & have to find a way to get more! I have known beautiful, smart people with wonderful parents & families who have ruined their lives because of this! I have gone to funerals & believe me, these beautiful people didn’t deserve to die. Rehab is not the magic solution, but it is the better alternative then jail. It is very hard to have to use tough love, but at times, it is needed. It is better to show unconditional love because, if they lose their loved one to addiction, they will grieve for along time that they didn’t get the chance to hug them & let them know that they would pray for their fight to kick the addiction. Anyone who can make heartless comments about others loved ones, must get off on other peoples misery. Anyone who chooses to make heartless comments must think that they can judge who is worth living.

      • cityres

        You watch too much TV if you believe that somebody would take a freebie from a dealer that is not already hooked on drugs. if they’re going to go after anybody for this they need to go to the countries where it is from and the drug companies that make opiate pills. It’s funny how all of a sudden people want treatment options nows but not when drugs destroyed whole communities for over 20 years. She already got off light with possession charges. Someone in the city would be charged with intent to deliver on first time.

      • Sharon

        You mean the big drug companies? They manufacture 3/4 of what these people are using. The even sadder thing is the drugs they are using are traded for legally obtained perscription drugs that they trade for. The clinics are supplying most of those for the addicts. SAD

  • jay

    THIS BROAD WAS BOASTING ABOUT SOBRIETY WAY TO EARLY. DO YOUR TIME AND BE HUMBLE AND QUIT THINKING YOU ARE CURED. THIS YOUNGER GENERATION HAS NO IDEA ABOUT RECOVERY. YOU ARE NEVER CURED SO QUIT ACTING LIKE YOU CAN INFLUENCE OTHER PEOPLE WHEN YOU HAVE ZERO CLEAN TIME UNDER YOUR BELT OR THE ONLY CLEAN TIME IS IN PRISON OR IF YOUR ON METHADONE OR SUBOXONE. LOSE YOUR EGO AND WORK ON BEING CLEAN, AND MAYBE YEARS DOWN THE LINE OF LEGITIMATELY BEING CLEAN AND SOBER SHARE YOUR STORY AND TRY TO HELP PEOPLE. NEVER TRUST AN ADDICT, ESPECIALLY ONES LIKE THIS. THE PUBLIC TRUSTED HER, WHICH THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE, IT WAS YEARS TOO EARLY.

  • Jay

    Nicely said Tonya. That is how most of us make a realization… When it hits home and we learn to understand. People would criticize Nygren if he didn’t step in and address the issue. I give him a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate.

  • Jaysplace

    JAY

    Nicely said Tonya. That is how most of us make a realization… When it hits home and we learn to understand. People would criticize Nygren if he didn’t step in and address the issue. I give him a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate.

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