Vial of meth found in Brodhead concerns community

Vial of meth found in Brodhead concerns community

A vial of methamphetamine was found last week on a sidewalk in Brodhead near a day care and the high school, police said.

“You don’t want that near kids,” Don Adams, a local pastor said.

Brodhead police received a complaint around 8:20 a.m. on Feb. 21 of a suspicious vial on the sidewalk in the 2400 block of 1st Center Avenue, according to a release.

The yellowish, white powdery substance was tested and determined to be methamphetamine, officials said. The vial contained about 0.5 grams of the drug.

Rich Vogel, who has lived in Brodhead for 27 years, said his friend spotted the vial on the sidewalk and asked him what to do with it.

“It was probably about a couple of inches long, halfway filled with a white powder,” Vogel said of the vial. “I thought it was something that should go to the police department.”

Brodhead police Chief Chris Hughes said he was thankful the citizen who found the suspicious item contacted police before a child came across the vial.

“The location where this vial was found is in close proximity to where children and teens walk frequently due to its proximity to a fast food restaurant, a convenience store, the Brodhead Library, a day care and the high school,” Hughes said in the statement.

The discovery might be emblematic of a larger problem. On a Brodhead Police Facebook post the department cited a 2016 study which found meth use between 2011 and 2015 jumped nearly 300 percent in Wisconsin.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incident to call Brodhead police at 608-897-2112 or Green County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-7463.