Area couple cited in drug sale accused of endangering children|
Felony allegations of reckless endangerment of safety have been filed against a local pair on charges they were accompanied by two young children during their involvement in a recent illicit drug sale.
The defendants, 22-year-old Molly M. Rustick and Robert J. Beattie, 31, both of N315 Highway HH, along with 33-year-old Nicholas J. Winters of 518 Ackley St., all made appearances in Langlade County Circuit Court Monday.
The charges date to last week when the three were nabbed during a traffic stop in the town of Rolling which was initiated following a sale of marijuana involving undercover drug agents from both the Langlade and Marathon county sheriff departments.
Rustick and Beattie are both charged with three counts —reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and being party to a crime of conspiracy to commit the manufacture or delivery of marijuana.
Winters faces a sole count of conspiracy to deliver the drug.
Winters remains in custody on a probation hold along with a cash bail of $2,000. Beattie is also jailed on a $2,000 cash bond while Rustick’s bail, originally set at $1,000 cash, was decreased to $500. As a condition of her release, she must cooperate with the directives of the Department of Social Services in connection with the care of the children found in her care during her arrest.
Criminal complaints filed in the matters detail their Aug. 5 arrest and name Winters as the trigger as it was his discussions with confidential informants which set up a meeting and planned exchange of marijuana for cash.
According to the complaint, Winters said that he “could obtain high quality marijuana from a source.” That source was Rustick and arrangements were made through a telephone call to meet at her Highway HH home. Officials said their subsequent conversation included discussions of prices and amounts of the drug.
An agreed upon location was set and the pair, along with undercover agents and Beattie as the driver of the Rustick vehicle, met at the intersection of Highways Z and 45 in Shawano County . There, Rustick was given $120 for the intended purpose of delivering seven grams of marijuana at a different location.
The troop then traveled to a nearby business parking lot, also in Shawano County, where Rustick handed over six plastic bags containing 6.1 grams of marijuana. Her car was subsequently stopped and both she and Beattie, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, were arrested.
Officials said the Department of Social Services assisted in the aide of the children, including one seated in an infant car seat, who were also in the vehicle.
Rustick later said that Beattie smoked marijuana and knew of her actions, including that she had given the substance to Winters in exchange for money.
A subsequent search of the car included the discovery of several items of drug paraphernalia including a glass pipe used to ingest marijuana, syringes and marijuana pipe screens.
All three defendants are scheduled to return to court in coming weeks.
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