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State lawmaker's missing daughter arrested in Texas

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TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS (WKOW) -- Authorities say the daughter of Rep. John Nygren was arrested in Texas as a fugitive, coinciding with the Wisconsin Department of Justice's release of video of Nygren describing the horrors of the woman's heroin addiction.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokesperson Aaron Swanum tells 27 News 24-year old Cassandra Nygren was arrested in Texas Sept. 17 as the result of the department's apprehension request. Nygren was sentenced to prison and extended supervision on a felony drug charge in 2010. Swanum did not specify why an apprehension request was issued for Nygren.

Department of Justice officials this week launched an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of heroin addiction, and distribute grants to community partners to fight the drug and its impact.

As part of that effort, DOJ posted videos of personal stories of people affected by heroin. One of the videos featured Nygren, the republican co-chairman of the legislature's powerful joint finance committee, describing his daughter's slide into heroin use, her near-death episode, and her disappearance from her family. Earlier this month, WBAY-TV quoted Nygren reporting his daughter could not be located, because she wanted to avoid the mandatory drug testing of her felony sentence.

Swanum says the process of extraditing Nygren to Wisconsin is under way.  

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