Wisconsin residents charged re drug crimes in presence of minors

Wisconsin police often make impromptu visits to people's homes if they suspect that residents have committed a crime or have information regarding someone else who is suspected of criminal activity. Such a visit took place just after midnight on a recent Friday, leading to the arrests of five people who are now facing charges for drug crimes. Authorities say there were minors present when the alleged illegal drug activity took place.

Penalties under conviction for such crimes are often severe in this state. If the court finds that children were present when criminal activity occurred, severity of punishment may be greatly increased. However, there is a big difference between being charged with a crime and convicted of one, as the former does not always lead to the latter.

When cops showed up at the home in question regarding the recent arrests, a woman who was there reportedly fled into a bathroom and started dumping bags of substances down a toilet. Police suspected that the substances in the bags were narcotics. Authorities say they found four other adults in the basement of the home.

Police searched the premises and claim to have seized crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills. In addition to the supposed drugs, officials say the officers also seized a substantial amount of cash and drug paraphernalia. Minors who were present at the time were placed in the care of a county Department of Health and Social Services department. Police say the investigation of this drug crimes case remains ongoing at this time. Any person facing similar charges in Wisconsin is guaranteed the opportunity to seek criminal defense representation to try to mitigate his or her circumstances. 

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