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A Mauston Man faces drug charges for being found in possession of cocaine.

Thomas Schaub, 37, is charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces up to 15 years imprisonment for the first charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Wisconsin state trooper was on duty monitoring traffic on Jan. 1 at approximately 3:30 am when he observed a vehicle pull up to a stop sign on Water Street in Mauston. As the vehicle turned eastbound and accelerated the trooper reported he could “hear the vehicle had a very loud exhaust… it sounded like the exhaust had mechanical issues.”

The trooper activated his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle pulled on to the right shoulder of County Highway N. The trooper met with a male driver and female passenger and asked the driver if he had ever been stopped for his exhaust before. The driver replied he had not.

The driver was identified by a Wisconsin driver’s license as Thomas Schaub. The passenger stated he had told her the exhaust needed to be fixed. The trooper reported Schaub was not making eye contact. When he observed Schaub’s eyes, the described them as “bloodshot and glassy.”

The trooper asked Schaub where he was coming from. Schaub replied he had been coming from a friend’s house and was on his way to another friend’s house.

The trooper returned to his vehicle and ran a records check on Schaub and the passenger. The trooper was informed Schaub had three previous OWIs and was on probation. He concluded he would need to conduct a standardized field sobriety test.

When Schaub was asked to step out of the vehicle, a “small tied off baggie with a white colored substance fell off of his lap onto the ground.” The trooper picked up the baggie and asked Schaub what it was. Schaub replied it was cocaine.

The trooper asked Schaub if he had anything else on him. Schaub replied he did not. An additional law enforcement unit was requested for backup.

When asked if the passenger was going to have anything of interest on her person, Schaub replied he did not know. Schaub stated he was “just tired and on his way to do a paper route.” Schaub also said he was heading home, despite previously saying he was on his way to a friend’s house. The trooper replied that did not make sense because “he was heading the wrong way.”

Schaub was made to stand in front of the trooper’s vehicle while the trooper spoke with the passenger. The passenger stated she had used cocaine but did not know if there was any more in the vehicle.

The trooper performed a search of the passenger and found “a burnt steel wool” in one of her pockets, an item commonly used in smoking pipes. The passenger claimed she did not know about two baggies with a white substance in the passenger seat. The trooper replied it was hard to believe because she had been sitting on them.

The passenger’s jacket pocket yielded a “small green plastic container” with white residue inside. The passenger was informed she was under arrest for possession of suspected cocaine.

A search of the vehicle also yielded a small blow torch and a “cellophane wrapper with two pills inside.” The pills were labeled “Adderall 25 mg.” No other items of evidentiary value were found inside the vehicle.

When asked about the pills, Schaub stated they had belonged to his niece and he “had the pills when she stayed at (his) house.”

Schaub and the passenger were transported to the Juneau County Jail. At the jail, the passenger was found to have additional drug paraphernalia on her person. She had been keeping small baggies in her mouth, bra, and feminine area. A scale and pipe with burnt black residue and steel wool were also found on her person.

Schaub is currently in the Juneau County Jail. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Juneau County Justice Center.

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