Levine Law’s collection of Drug Crimes articles compiles prominent news stories that feature young children or familial lines that have been affected by drug crimes in the state of Wisconsin.
Police Seem to Think Drug Crimes Run in This Family
Wisconsin police have put the same brothers in jail a couple of times now. The incidents are supposedly related to drug crimes. As in all possible drug crime situations, police must adhere to strict protocol when it comes to searching a person’s residence, vehicle or body.
In this particular situation, officers say they executed a warrant at the home of a 47-year-old man and his two brothers in June. Another man, age 55, is said to have been living in the same residence with the defendants. Inside the house, police claim they seized a bag with a loaded syringe that was labeled with the name of a drug used to counteract heroin overdose.
They also say they found a slew of items they believe were stolen. The brothers were taken into police custody and questioned. The men were released on signature bonds before charges were filed against them. In early July, two of the brothers were pulled over in a traffic stop; they’re now back in jail with bonds set that total $15,000 between them. Officers say they found heroin in their car and in the sock of one of the brothers.
Being charged with drug crimes in Wisconsin is definitely no laughing matter. Especially where hard drugs like heroin and cocaine are concerned, penalties under conviction tend to be quite severe. However, if a defense attorney gathers information during an investigation that suggests police may not have acted appropriately when conducting search and seizure processes, a challenge to proffered evidence may be filed in court as part of a strong defense strategy.
Source: waupacanow.com, “Heroin, cocaine seized in police raid“, July 12, 2017
Wisconsin Residents Charged Re: Drug Crimes in the 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.
Wisconsin Police Say Kids Were Present When Drug Crimes Occurred
When staying at a Wisconsin hotel or similar lodging in another state, guests must adhere to all safety regulations associated with the establishment. Sometimes, police are called to an inn or hotel, and sometimes they just decide to show up if they’ve received the information they believe might lead them to make an arrest. The latter is what happened at a hotel in Sparta on a recent Tuesday where police say several drug crimes were committed.
Police say they went to a particular hotel to look for a specific person. They had garnered information from an unnamed source saying the person in question was wanted and could be found in one of the hotel’s guest rooms. The officers who went to check things out say they indeed found two people, a 27-year-old man, and a 36-year-old woman, staying at the hotel. The woman reportedly had several warrants out for her arrest.
Details of events as they unfolded from there are vague. At some point, police claim they say drug paraphernalia in the hotel room, so they conducted a search of the premises. While doing so, another man was supposedly found in hiding. The three hotel guests were arrested, and police returned to the establishment the next day, making several more arrests they claim are connected to the previous day’s incident.
Authorities claim various types of drugs and loaded firearms were taken into custody and that children were present where the alleged drug crimes took place. The children were placed in the custody of a local human services department. A Wisconsin defense attorney would be a great asset to have on hand in similar situations, especially when defendants may risk more severe penalties under conviction due to child-related issues in a particular case.
Source: weau.com, “Five people arrested following drug bust in Sparta“, Ruth Wendlandt, March 22, 2018
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