- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The daughter of a Wisconsin lawmaker appeared in court Monday on new narcotics possession charges.

Cassie Nygren, 25, was arrested Friday morning. Nygren, of Marinette, appeared in Brown County court to face two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of possessing an illegally obtained prescription, Press-Gazette Media reported.

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. In April, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law seven bills written by Rep. Nygren, dubbed Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education, or HOPE, that target Wisconsin’s heroin epidemic.

“During last session, I shared with the people of Wisconsin the story of my daughter Cassie, and her struggles with addiction. Unfortunately, she has succumbed to her addiction after being sober for over a year,” Rep. Nygren said in a statement Monday.

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

Court documents filed Monday show Cassie Nygren was arrested with two others at a home in Green Bay. Investigators say they found prescription pills along with liquids and substances “consistent with heroin.”

“The drug is so powerful,” Rep. Nygren told WBAY. “They will lie. They will cheat. They will steal. They’ll manipulate.”

Cassie Nygren remained in jail Monday afternoon with bail set at $5,000 cash bond. Defense attorney Shannon Viel, who appeared at her hearing, said it was too early to comment.


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