A 27-year-old New Ulm woman — who claims hitchhikers she picked up near Nicollet left a methamphetamine pipe in her truck — faces two drug charges in Brown County District Court. Charges of felony storing methamphetamine paraphernalia and gross misdemeanor child endangerment were filed Monday against Breah H. Kraus, 726 S. Jefferson St. A Zoom bail hearing was set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to 726 Jefferson St. S. for a welfare check at 6:43 p.m. Sunday, May 24. The caller said a child about two years old was playing inside a vehicle without adult supervision and that the child was inside the house alone. Police arrived, trying to find a parent in the house. They observed a glass pipe with a stem and bulb commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, noticed white residue on it and field tested the pipe, presuming it was positive for methamphetamine. Police found the child’s mother, Kraus, upstairs sleeping. She said she picked up a couple people hitchhiking near Nicollet that must have left the meth pipe in her truck.


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