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Daughter of state lawmaker faced with drug charges in prison

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The daughter of one of the Legislature’s most powerful lawmakers is faced with new drug charges from prison where she is awaiting trial on charges she supplied drugs that killed a pregnant woman.

Cassandra Nygren is the 30-year-old daughter of state budget committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren, a Republican from Marinette.

WLUK-TV reports Wednesday that Cassandra Nygren was charged Tuesday with delivering amphetamines and providing illegal items to an inmate in the Brown County Jail. Both charges were filed as repeat offenses and as conspiracy to commit.

Her trial on the homicide charges is scheduled to begin in February. She has been in jail since October 2017.

John Nygren has championed numerous law changes aimed at combating opioid and drug abuse and made reference to his daughter’s struggles as inspiration.

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