Spring Grove police find prescription pills in woman’s pocket after mistaking pistachio shells for marijuana

Spring Grove police stopped Nancy Pahlman for speeding on Jan. 5, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. When an officer mistook the pile of de-shelled pistachios in her passenger seat for marijuana, the officer asked her to step out of the car, said her attorney, Philip Prossnitz.

A search of Pahlman’s car yielded no marijuana, but police found a bottle of the narcotic pain medication tramodol in her coat pocket, according to a motion her attorney filed.

The prescription for the pills was in a family member’s name, although Pahlman does have her own prescription for the medication to help treat chronic pain from fibromyalgia, Prossnitz said.

A year earlier, when Pahlman said she was driving a family member to cancer treatment, the pills fell out of the relative’s bag, and Pahlman put them in her coat pocket for safe keeping, Prossnitz said.

The family member died shortly after, and the pills were forgotten until she brought out her winter coat again, Prossnitz said.

Pahlman, of the 1400 block of Lotus Drive, was released from the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday. Judge Jeffrey Hirsch said Pahlman could leave the jail without posting a cash bond on the conditions that she would show up to court dates and not abuse drugs.

She is charged with possession of a controlled substance, which typically is punishable by one to three years in prison.

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  • Heather Edwards | Jan 21,2018

    How does somebody mistake marijuana for pistachio shells LOL

  • Ryan Murillo | Jan 21,2018

    Sounds like a bully cop to me. Trying to make his quota by any means necessary

  • Teresa Gibson | Jan 21,2018

    I think that Spring Grove cop needs to get their eyes checked. I have a healthy respect for law enforcement, but this sounds more like a case of targeting someone

  • Jason Mcsorley | Jan 21,2018

    Tramadol is less than an aspirin…why would it be charged as a narcotic? And what cop could mistakenly identify a pistachio nut shell as marijuana? The cop should be fired for stupidity!

    • Shar Wade | Jan 21,2018

      Unfortunately, the prescription bottle did not have her name on it, so that could be a problem. Based on all the other comments, the woman sounds like a sweet person. Things will go well at court.

  • Debra Lynn | Jan 21,2018

  • Jimmy B Natural | Jan 21,2018

    Spring Grove cops are a joke. They pulled a pastor friend over and searched his car and person for “suspicion of drug paraphernalia.” He was smoking a cigar! Idiots.

  • Jolene Marie | Jan 21,2018

    This is all such bullshit Nancy is the best person I have ever meet

  • Laura Wabel Baxter | Jan 21,2018

    That’s such crap maybe they need to arrest him for stupidity…

  • Susan Clark | Jan 21,2018

    They are taking this whole I.Q. thing to new lows aren’t they?

  • Jenny Cortez | Jan 21,2018

    Eduardo Cortez do you remember her

  • Cynthia Esqueda | Jan 21,2018

    Miguel Miranda isn’t the lady from Walgreens who was always so nice to us and he kids.

  • Terry Radle Prior | Jan 21,2018

    How do you mistake a pile of shells for marijuana?

  • Cynthia Reyes | Jan 21,2018

    Spring Grove cop pulled my daughter and boyfriend over , insisted on searching her car, found absolutely nothing!! Didn’t give a ticket because he had no reason to pull her over in the first place.

  • Viki Muñoz | Jan 21,2018

    Stephanie Guzman she works at David’s store

  • Nikki V-c | Jan 21,2018

    If this is the women I think it is…she is the sweetest woman I know in this entire town!!! The police need better things to do with their time!!

  • Shelly Ronnoco | Jan 21,2018

    What a moron. Nancy is the sweetest person I know. This better be laughed out of court and something done to that officer for putting Nancy through this hell!

  • MindynEric Lindholm | Jan 21,2018

    I hope she gets off, this sounds like entrapment.

  • Karen Hernandez | Jan 21,2018

    Emmanuel Garcia

  • Don Deibert | Jan 21,2018

    sounds like the cop needs to take a few classes on what the hell weed looks like.

  • Callie Mendones | Jan 21,2018

    That’s so stupid. Just let the woman go.

  • Pauliz Hernandez | Jan 21,2018

    Omg she is very nice sweet person

  • Erick Mestre Fridge Hernandez | Jan 21,2018

    I think the real crime here, is Spring grove PD having such a dumb officer who “mistakes” pistachios shells for marijuana

  • Kathleen M. Richards | Jan 21,2018

    Good grief.

  • Jasper S Aiello | Jan 21,2018

    Pussy ass cops just trying to reach a quota on arrests…and then they wanna blast her personal business all over Facebook so this can stain this woman’s character…smh

  • Molly Riley | Jan 21,2018


  • Julie Mcmurray-Mauritz | Jan 21,2018

    Oh my heavens!!!!!! Nancy? She’s the kindest person in the world. What on earth?

  • Angie Vasey | Jan 21,2018

    That’s awful!

  • Jackie | Jan 21,2018

    She’s always sweet. Obviously ,that cop gets kicked off the force. Let her go.

  • Mayra Munoz | Jan 22,2018

    Nick Castaneda she works at Walgreens I’m sure

  • Alan Saul | Jan 22,2018

    Headline should be “Nut busting nut bust nut over nuts”

  • Jessi Aguilar | Jan 22,2018

    Veronica Ortega

  • Lauren Raasch Mateja | Jan 22,2018

    This is ridiculous.

    • John Voight | Jan 22,2018

      I’m acquainted with this person and she has always been extremely nice to me.

  • Gregory Joseph Benson | Jan 22,2018

    Cops around here search you for no reason, hoping they find something. Legalize recreational pistachios.

  • Casey Ruston Torrey | Jan 22,2018

    I hope she sees all the love people are sending her. She has always been one of the loveliest people in this town. Always welcoming and friendly.

  • Molly Curtis | Jan 22,2018

    She is one of the nicest people at Walgreens hands down
    Such a shame. & to have her mugshot everywhere ‍♀️

  • Katie Johnson | Jan 22,2018

    This is bullshit!

  • Tonya Way | Jan 22,2018

    Oh my goodness Nancy, I hope this crap gets resolved very quickly..

  • Wayne Varner | Jan 22,2018

    I believe her. But prescription s are for those whose name is on the bottle only. Sad but this is why you should never have other people’s meds on you.

  • Ruth Marsala | Jan 22,2018

    I think that she really should have her own prescription for fiber myalgia is truly painful

    • Jolene Marie | Jan 22,2018

      She really does have her own prescription she didn’t even remember she had the bottle in her coat if you know Nancy this is not hard to believe

  • Tony Ramirez | Jan 22,2018

    Bad hombre

  • Susan Carey Gardner | Jan 22,2018

    That is ridiculous

  • Momir Milinovich | Jan 22,2018

    This police officer took a page out of the Chicago Police Department’s playbook. . . avoid the real crime and waste the public’s time and resources on victimless crimes like this one because it’s safer. Our judges, clerks, police officers and the alleged perpetrator have better ways to spend their valuable time.

  • Jujuman | Jan 22,2018

    I’m stunned by the unbelievable stupidity of the officer. Poor Nancy she’s such a hard worker and good mother. This world is getting out of hand people are nuts.

  • Sherri Waclawski-shelton | Jan 23,2018

    Obnoxious, this is just rediculous. She is so sweet, go after the real problems of the world

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