A pair of Park Falls residents are facing felony meth charges and other misdemeanor drug charges after being arrested while allegedly looking for the Northern Lights.
Mark L. Wagner, 59, and Mary K. Mallak, 58, are facing one charge each for possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and misdemeanor charges for possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a criminal complaint, a caller reported a vehicle parked in the middle of the road at the intersection of Hoefferle Road and Enhelder Road in the Town of Eisenstein shortly after midnight Aug. 31.
When officers responded to the scene, Wagner and Mallak said they were parked there to see the Northern Lights and admitted to smoking marijuana minutes before police arrived. Police said they discovered smoking paraphernalia, a bag of marijuana, and two large steel thermoses believed to have contained alcoholic drinks.
After questioning and a field sobriety test, Wagner was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a detectable amount of restricted controlled substance, according to the complaint.
Officers then conducted a search of the vehicle and found a container with trace amounts of a crystalline substance in it, later confirmed by tests to contain methamphetamine. They also searched the roadside and found a small container with meth in it and a glass smoking device, according to the complaint. When confronted, Wagner denied possessing the items, according to the complaint.
The felony I charge carries a maximum fine of $10,000 or three years, six months imprisonment, or both imprisonment and a fine.
Newly appointed Iron County Circuit Court Judge Tony Stella has been assigned the case.
Both parties are out of jail on $1,000 bonds.