Drug crimes added to list of charges in traffic stop

On a recent Thursday, just after 4.pm., a man was pulled over by police on a Wisconsin road. The officer asserts that the man was traveling at an excessive rate of speed. As events unfolded, the man's situation became more problematic as he wound up facing charges for drug crimes in addition to incurring a speeding ticket.

There were apparently two occupants in the vehicle when the officer approached and said he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The police officer arrested the 28-year-old man after claiming to have found a substantial amount of marijuana in his vehicle. There were also reportedly 9 grams of cocaine, a large amount of cash and a semiautomatic firearm in the car.

The man was taken to a county jail. He now faces several charges, including felony possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana (and cocaine) with intent to deliver. The person who had been traveling with the man at the time of the incident was released without repercussions. The man who was placed behind bars is said to have pleaded guilty to several other crimes in 2006 and 2007.

The prior guilty pleas were not related to drug crimes. At any rate, when a person is charged with such crimes in Wisconsin, it creates an increased defense challenge if he or she has an extensive criminal history. In such cases, it often takes aggressive  representation to secure a positive outcome. This is why most people facing drug-related charges rely on experienced defense attorneys for help.

Source: Mount Pleasant, Wi. Patch, "Speeding Ticket Turns Into Drug Bust For Pot, Cocaine", Scott Anderson, Aug. 11, 2017

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