STURTEVANT — A gym teacher who currently works at Cudahy High School and who previously had been a basketball and golf coach at Kenosha’s Indian Trail High School, was arrested Monday after Sturtevant police officers reported finding THC-laced gummies, ecstasy and possibly LSD in his car.
Craig Mertes, 32, of Franklin, has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Combined, the maximum penalty for those offenses is a fine of $16,000 and/or up to five years of imprisonment.
Jim Heiden, superintendent of the Cudahy School District, confirmed Mertes is a teacher there and that he had coached at Indian Trail High School. Heiden said that he will be setting up a meeting with Mertes to discuss the incident and his employment within the district.
According to a criminal complaint:
Mertes was pulled over Monday in Sturtevant just off of Highway H, between highways 11 and 20.
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An officer said that Mertes “had the odor of intoxicants on his breath” and “appeared to be very nervous” as he stepped out of his vehicle. He admitted to having consumed alcohol at the Kenosha Country Club in Somers prior to driving.
Police said that Mertes “did not successfully complete” field sobriety tests.
After a police K9 detected controlled substances, officers searched the vehicle. Inside the car, police reported finding a black duffel bag that contained 10.4 grams of THC gummy candies, 0.3 grams of MDMA (a.k.a. ecstasy or Molly) and 1.3 grams of methamphetamine. Police also reported finding “small strips of suspected LSD,” but they couldn’t be tested, according to the criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.