Police arrested three people and seized marijuana and methamphetamine following a traffic stop in Portage Wednesday.
A Portage police officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 33 at the south end of the Wisconsin River bridge at 11:15 p.m. when records showed an expired registration and the registered owner having an expired driver’s license. During the stop, driver Terry Meiners, 35, of Reedsburg, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana as a second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and three counts of bail jumping.
Jeremy Heath, 28, of Baraboo, one of two passengers, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia. The other passenger, Loralei Morgan-Schmidtke, 49, of Grand Marsh, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule V narcotics, obstructing an officer for giving a false name, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana as a second offense, 12 counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, and two warrants.
Meiners also faces a felony charge of manufacturing and delivery of methamphetamines as a party to a crime in Marquette County. A formal charge in that case was filed Monday by District Attorney Chad Hendee. This follows four counts of drug charges, including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, filed May 14 in Marquette County. Meiners was held on a $5,000 cash bond, which later was amended to a $5,000 signature bond May 30, at which point he was released.
The day after his release from Marquette County Jail, Meiners was arrested June 1 for possession of methamphetamine in Sauk County. He was released on a signature bond, scheduled to appear in court for a July 5 return hearing. At the time of his hearing, Meiners did not appear in court and, according to court records. His defense attorney was unable to contact him and was unaware of his whereabouts. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
When he was arrested Wednesday, Meiners also was taken into custody on prior charges of three counts of delivery of methamphetamine, delivery of heroin and delivery of Schedule II narcotics.
Heath’s criminal record, according to online documents, includes a slew of traffic violations with a 2013 conviction for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and 2011 conviction for misdemeanor battery.
Morgan-Schmidtke has one open Sauk County case in which she is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and prior cases in 2009 in which she was convicted of obstructing an officer and in 1997 in which she failed to report for jail, both in Sauk County. Online court records do not indicate the charges for which she had been ordered to jail in 1997.
All three suspects are being held in Columbia County Jail, where they await formal charges to be filed by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.