Round Lake Beach woman barred from using pistachio shell defense during trial

Round Lake Beach woman barred from using pistachio shell defense during trial

A Round Lake Beach woman facing possession charges won’t get the chance to argue her arrest stemmed from pistachio shells she said police mistook for marijuana in her vehicle.

Because 59-year-old Nancy Pahlman wasn’t charged with possession of marijuana, she will be barred from testifying that it actually was pistachio shells in her center console that prompted Spring Grove police to ask the woman to exit her car.

Pahlman is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony offense typically punishable by as many as three years in prison.

The charges stem from a traffic stop in December, during which police reported seeing a “green leafy substance” in Pahlman’s vehicle, court records show.

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