Wisconsin traffic stop leads to charges of drug crimes

Travel plans don't always go as expected, as many Wisconsin residents can attest. Unforeseen circumstances often arise that delay one's arrival to a particular destination. For two people from Green Bay, their delay involved a traffic stop that resulted in both of them facing charges for drug crimes.

It was a Tuesday night when the two were traveling on Interstate 43. Both people, a woman age 28 and a 32-year-old man, were arrested after traffic officers searched their vehicle. Authorities claim they found approximately 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana inside the car. The occupants of the vehicle were taken to a county jail and charged with felony crimes.

A police officer who had questioned the travelers said there were several indicators that they might be in possession of illegal drugs. One indicator was apparently the K-9 officer's alert signal after sniffing the outside of the car. In the past, police have searched vehicles without first obtaining warrants by claiming they had valid reasons to do so.

The topic of search and seizure in relation to personal rights protected under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution often comes up in court when charges for drug crimes are filed after vehicle searches. A Wisconsin defense attorney can challenge evidence proffered if it appears that a search or seizure somehow violated a defendant's legal rights. In fact, many cases are dismissed following such challenges in court; other times, the court may rule a certain portion of evidence inadmissible, which could in turn increase a defendant's chances of obtaining a positive outcome.

Source: USA Today, "Two Green Bay residents face felonies after I-43 pot bust in Manitowoc", June 21, 2017

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