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A Ripon woman is facing drug trafficking charges, stemming from an incident last year.

Kyla Ott, 29, has been charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place (a class I felony), two counts of possessing a controlled substance (a misdemeanor) and five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (a misdemeanor), according to a criminal complaint filed May 6.

Last May, the Ripon Police Department received a tip from the Fond du Lac County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) drug unit that said someone was selling drugs out of a home on the 700 block of Watson Street, according to court documents.

Police had been to the address in November 2019 when Ott had a drug overdose, court papers noted. After receiving the tip from the MEG unit, police requested a search warrant and executed it on May 7, 2020, per the complaint.

When police searched the home, they found prescription drugs that Ott did not have a prescription for, along with drug paraphernalia that indicated marijuana and heroin use, court records state.

Ott was home during the search and allegedly told police that she used heroin and crack. The criminal complaint states Ott admitted that her roommate “Jerry” had been selling and using heroin from the home as well.

If convicted on all charges, Ott faces up to $13,500 in fines and up to four years and one month in prison.

She was also recently charged with felony theft and bail jumping for allegedly taking more than $13,000 from a woman in a nursing home, whom she had power of attorney over.

According to the May 6 criminal complaint, Ott used money from the victim’s bank for rent, purchases at Kwik Trip and for drugs.

If convicted on those charges, Ott faces up to $35,000 in fines and up to 16 years in prison.

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Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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