Lawmaker's Daughter Arrested on Drug Charges

Rep. John Nygren

Rep. John Nygren

Cassandra Nygren, daughter of Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), was arrested early Wednesday morning and will face charges in Brown County court, including two counts of reckless homicide/deliver drugs, manufacturing/delivering heroin, neglecting a child and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Brown County Chief Deputy Todd Delain told USA Today Network-Wisconsin that Nygren and a 33-year-old man were arrested in a recent drug death. Investigators were still getting information to the district attorney's office, and the two were unlikely to be charged until Thursday, Delain said. Court records show them as both having a Loretta Lane address in Green Bay.

Nygren has had a public battle with heroin abuse for almost 10 years.

But she was convicted again in 2015 of drug possession.

In June, the Drug Court team chose to terminate her participation, and her probation was revoked.

Gray has several drug-related convictions out of Outagamie County and is facing a November 13 sentencing in Outagamie County Circuit Court on a charge of tampering with a Global Positioning System device. Nygren's struggles with drugs have prompted her father, Republican state Rep. John Nygren, to sponsor numerous bills aimed at curbing opioid addiction over the years.

Nygren issued a statement on his daughter's criminal matter. There are no words that we as a family can offer to give any real comfort for the tragic loss. To the family and friends of the victims of this tragedy, please know that you are in our prayers and that our hearts are heavy.

He also talked about his daughter's struggle for several years with addition and recovery.

The "seemingly endless line" of addiction on families nationwide are the motivating factor behind legislative work being done to fight the epidemic, Nygren said. He says her arrest "is a strong reminder of how fragile the road to recovery is".

"In this time of extreme sadness and sorrow, I request that privacy and respect be extended to those grieving from their loss".

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