Portage woman charged with felony drug possession

November 20, 2018

A 33-year-old Portage woman faces up to three years in prison if convicted of felony drug possession charges filed against her.

Jessica Ramirez was arrested Nov. 7 in the town of Fort Winnebago on charges of felony possession of narcotics and misdemeanors of obstructing and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, Ramirez had pulled her vehicle over to the side of County Highway CX before a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the scene. While in her vehicle, Ramirez admitted to the deputy she did not have a valid driver’s license because it was suspended.

The deputy observed a prescription pill bottle in plain view inside the vehicle, the complaint states. The bottle had no label and contained several pills. Ramirez handed the bottle to the deputy and eventually admitted the pills were hydrocodone and that she did not have a prescription for them.

Ramirez then started screaming at the deputy, according to the complaint. She opened the driver’s door, got out and started walking way. The deputy informed her she was not free to leave but she continued to walk away from the scene.

When the deputy then informed Ramirez that she was under arrest, she continued walking. The deputy caught up with Ramirez and had to use force to place her in handcuffs. After she’d been handcuffed, Ramirez slipped one of her hands free and fought against the deputy as he struggled to once again secure her.

Upon further inspection of the pill bottle, the sheriff’s office determined that it contained one tramadol pill, a controlled substance, and nine hydrocodone pills, a narcotic drug that also requires prescription, according to the complaint.

Ramirez made her initial appearance Nov. 9 in Columbia County Circuit Court. She has a pretrial conference set for Jan. 11, according to online court records.

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