Levine Law’s collection of articles compiles prominent news stories pertaining to individuals who have been arrested for drug crimes in the state of Wisconsin.
Shot up F-150 Leads Police to Drugs, Milwaukee Rapper Arrested
On Jan. 21, police found a stolen F-150 on the side of Vliet Street. There were bullet casings near the vehicle, and the driver’s side had bullet marks. The owner of the truck reported it stolen in December and the license plate on it wasn’t the correct plate. Police note that drug dealers often switch license plates when they drive a stolen vehicle to try to throw police officers off.
The 20-year-old Milwaukee rapper wasn’t in the vehicle. Police found evidence that linked him to the truck, including his fingerprints. There was a claim ticket in the truck with the rapper’s phone number, as well as his stage name, “Montana.” The glove box contained 29 copies of his album. Police also found a bulletproof vest, heroin, cocaine and Lactose powder in the vehicle. Even with this alleged evidence, the rapper might still opt to fight against the charges.
Montana is facing a slew of charges in connection with this incident, as well as others. He has three counts of felony bail jumping from prior cases. He is also facing a count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine in more than one to five grams, a count of possession with intent to deliver heroin greater than three to 10 grams and operating a vehicle without consent in connection with this incident.
Drug crime defense
Anyone who is facing drug charges must be ready to battle against them. The last thing you need is for your entire future to be cut short simply because you needed to make fast money in the drug game. As soon as you find out you are facing charges, you must get to work.
Learn about the case prosecutors are mounting against you. Find out what options you have for a defense strategy. Explore plea deals or sentencing alternatives to determine if any are suitable for your case. Once you have all this information, you and your criminal defense attorney can decide your best course of action.
Two People in Wisconsin Facing Serious Charges for Drug Crimes
A recent Monday morning was anything but peaceful for a man and woman who live together in Wisconsin. At approximately 10 a.m., police came to their home and began searching for drugs. They brought along a K-9 unit to help them. The incident resulted in both adults facing charges for drug crimes.
Authorities didn’t say where they got their information that the two residents were selling crystal methamphetamine, only that they had reason to believe they were. Once they made their way through the home, they claim to have seized methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as another powdery substance they believe might be an illegal drug. Authorities also say they grabbed several digital scales, cell phones, drug paraphernalia and cash from the residence.
Other people were reportedly occupying the house who were also allegedly found in possession of illegal drugs. They apparently told the officers they purchased the drugs from the man and woman who live there. The 32-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were taken to a county jail. They are formally charged with a slew of drug crimes, including possession of a schedule II narcotic.
Such crimes generally carry severe penalties under conviction in Wisconsin. Avoiding conviction is often difficult, as prosecutors tend to be aggressive in their quests to sway the court in their favor in such situations. Defendants may be able to mitigate their own circumstances by enlisting the help of highly experienced criminal defense attorneys who know how to counter any tactics and strategies employed by the prosecution. Anyone currently facing charges in this state for drug crimes can request a meeting with a defense attorney in the area.
Source: Mount Pleasant, Wi. Patch, “Crystal Meth Dealers Arrested in Racine“, Scott Anderson, June 21, 2017
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
Woman to Be Extradited Also Charged with Drug Crimes
A recent Tuesday didn’t go so well for a woman in Wisconsin. Several law enforcement officers showed up at her residence, and from there, everything went downhill. The woman is now facing charges for drug crimes, but her problems don’t end there.
Some of the officials that arrived at the woman’s home were part of a narcotics task force. The purpose of the visit was to conduct a search. Officers say they found all sorts of drugs inside the house, including marijuana and fentanyl, as well as cannabis oil and drug-laden gummies. The sheriff’s department reported that three firearms and ammunition were also seized from the residence.
The 25-year-old woman was arrested for suspected drug crimes, but she also had an extradition warrant from California. Situations like this one often get a lot worse before they get better. To avoid maximum negative repercussions, many people choose to rely on aggressive legal representation.
There are many things an experienced Wisconsin attorney can to do help people facing similar situations in this state mitigate their circumstances. Prosecutors tend to come down hard on defendants accused of drug crimes. Of course, a defendant’s main goal is always to try to avoid conviction; however, even if that’s not possible, an attorney can try to convince the court to hand down a lighter sentence than permitted under state law. A logical first step to take for a person accused of serious criminal charges is to begin building a strong defense. He or she can do so by requesting a meeting with a criminal defense attorney.
Source: host.madison.com, “Village of Dane female arrested on High Street for drug possession Tuesday, Dane County Sheriff’s Office says”, Lexy Brodt, July 14, 2017
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 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
Police Search Wisconsin Home, Charges for Drug Crimes Follow
Police say they received a report about someone yelling at a particular Wisconsin residence on a recent Tuesday. Authorities also claim they were informed of suspected illegal drug activity at the same location. A police officer says he saw a woman that he knew had used drugs in the past and followed her to the home to investigate possible drug crimes.
The police officer later said he was approaching the woman to speak with her as she made her way to the door of the home in question. Supposedly, as he did so, a bunch of people started coming out of the home and fleeing the area, some on bicycles and others on foot. The officer said one man dropped various drug paraphernalia items, as well as methamphetamine and marijuana as he attempted to ride away on a bicycle; the officer stopped and detained the man.
Several other incidents followed during the next two weeks, including an alleged informant told police that he had purchased drugs from two people at the house and that one of the men had held a gun to another person’s head. Police wound up returning to the residence for a search. During the process, an officer seized one person’s cell phone and said a text message came across the screen that appeared to be an inquiry about a potential drug sale.
Officers say they found illegal drugs inside the cell phone owner’s sock. All told, after searching the premises, police made five arrests. Maintaining a residence for drug trafficking, felony possession of a firearm and methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver are some of the charges that were filed. Wisconsin residents facing similar charges for drug crimes may want to retain aggressive criminal defense help before heading to court.
Source: USA Today, “Five Wausau residents charged in court after drugs, guns seized“, Karen Madden, Oct. 26, 2017
Police Make Arrests on Suspicion of Drug Crimes in Wisconsin
It’s often impossible to predict when life is going to take a sudden turn and one’s personal circumstances are going to be impacted by a particular change in events. Several people in Wisconsin can likely relate to such matters because a recent Thursday morning landed them all in jail. Chances are, their day may have started much like any other, but things sure changed when police showed up at their door and later accused them of drug crimes.
It was approximately 8:15 a.m. when investigators from a county sheriff’s department conducted a search at a private residence. A man, age 45, and a woman in her mid-30s wound up being taken into police custody along with another person who was later released. Prosecutors filed multiple charges against those arrested.
The defendants are accused of possessing methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that is primarily used illegally but may also be made available by prescription to treat high blood pressure or conditions such as narcolepsy. Charges against them also include accusations that they were maintaining a drug trafficking location.
When someone’s day goes from uneventful to being put behind bars and charged with drug crimes, things tend to get a whole lot worse before they get better. Anyone facing similar circumstances in Wisconsin can reach out for support by requesting experienced legal representation. This is often a key factor in avoiding a conviction and mitigating possible long-term consequences of a drug-related arrest. An attorney can also review details regarding search and arrest to determine if any personal rights were violated in the process.
Source: weau.com, “Three taken into custody after Buffalo County drug bust“, Lindsay Alowairdi, Dec. 29, 2017
8 Arrested and Charged in Drug-Ring Bust
When people have addictions or are facing chronic pain, they’re more likely to get involved in drug trade. Selling drugs can sometimes be easy money if people don’t get caught, so it’s easy to remain in that lifestyle.
Unfortunately, if you’re caught selling or distributing drugs, you can face significant charges. For example, take this case involving a 39-year-old man. It’s claimed that he sold so many kinds of drugs that his clients nicknamed him a pharmacy. He and seven alleged co-conspirators were recently arrested and charged.
It’s claimed by investigators that the man sold numerous types of drugs including methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine. The sales supposedly took place across Wisconsin in several counties including Milwaukee, Shawano, Forest and Winnebago.
The criminal complaint states that the man would purchase the drugs in Milwaukee and then sell them in Shawano, where they’d be distributed. Some of the properties that were used to house the drugs and to sell them from were located near grade schools, which could increase the charges. In all, eight people have now been charged in relation to this so-called drug ring.
If you are charged with a drug crime, you’re not alone. You could face harsh penalties that could impact your life. It is important not to ignore the threat that charges pose to your life. A good defense will help you protect your interests and make sure you’re treated fairly. With the right help, it’s possible to get through this difficult time and to reduce the impact any drug charges have on your life.
Man Charged and Arrested for Drug Possession, High-Speed Chase
Drug crimes vary in severity, and they also vary by type. The kind of charges you face significantly influence the penalties that you could receive. As someone facing charges, it’s your right to look into ways of defending yourself. Not all charges are fair, but with support, you can make sure that you are not treated with a bias.
If you do get caught with drugs, it’s usually best to avoid doing anything that could make the situation worse. For instance, if you are speeding and lead the police on a chase, then you may face more charges than if they’d simply found the drugs you possessed in the first place.
A situation like that occurred when a 30-year-old man from Milwaukee was arrested for causing a high-speed chase following an initial arrest for drug possession. The man has been accused of possessing THC with the intent to deliver it, possessing cocaine, possessing paraphernalia, and false imprisonment.
The police report states that the officers came to the site of a reported domestic disturbance at around 9:00 p.m. The man and woman at the center of the dispute were upstairs and didn’t respond to the officers knocking. The officers forced entry and took the man into custody. The woman with him claimed that he would not allow her to leave the home. He’d allegedly used verbal and physical force to prevent her from leaving.
The man was in possession of 22 baggies of drugs. Shortly after his arrest, he was out on bail. However, he didn’t appear in court, leading to felony bail jumping accusations. He then led police on a high-speed chase, which added to the already negative situation.
Drug crimes can lead to significant penalties, like those this man faces. If you’re facing charges, make sure you protect your rights.
Attention Wisconsin Residents: Drug Crimes Reportedly on the Rise
Local officials recently gathered to discuss crime in Wisconsin, in particular, those that occur in Eau Claire. Seeing as data shows a 17 percent increase of drug crimes between 2016 and 2017, residents may be more at risk for legal problems if they find themselves in the wrong places at the wrong times. Since every arrest does not lead to a conviction, it is also wise to learn where to seek support if a problem arises to obtain help in building a strong defense to try to preserve one’s freedom.
A local police chief who spoke at the recent meeting said the overall crime rate in Eau Claire has risen approximately 35 percent in the past five years. He said officials believe the rising crime rate is directly connected to an area substance-abuse problem. It was also noted that methamphetamine seems to be a particularly problematic issue regarding drug arrests in the area.
Many say the criminal justice system needs to provide more forms of support for those trying to beat addictions by including alternate forms of sentencing that focus on rehabilitation rather than incarceration. It is also important for those facing criminal charges to know exactly what type of defense options are available. There are often strategies available to help counteract prosecutors’ tactics that may be aggressively used to try to obtain convictions.
Thousands of people in Wisconsin currently suffer from drug addiction, and many are currently doing their best to overcome their problems through various licensed programs throughout the state. Those who are facing charges related to alleged drug crimes can also tap into local support resources. There are support networks already in place that provide experienced legal representation to help defendants try to avoid conviction.
Man Arrested for Drug Crimes in Wisconsin Also Wanted for Murder
Wisconsin police often run background checks on people before arresting them. Doing so often leads to information regarding warrants for arrest, sometimes in the same state, other times elsewhere. This is what reportedly happened during a recent drug crimes arrest, where several people were taken into custody, one of whom is suspected of murder in another state.
Police say they made the arrests on a recent Thursday. One of the people arrested was a 25-year-old man. It seems that authorities in another state have been looking for this particular man since June. They believe he was responsible for the deaths of three people and the injuries of a child who was present when the deaths took place.
The man in this case, as any who are similarly accused, will have the opportunity to fight the charges against him — both the drug offenses he now faces in Wisconsin as well as the first-degree and attempted murder charges in Illinois. Most people in similar situations choose to rely on experienced and aggressive defense representation rather than try to go it alone in court. The Illinois murder investigation remains open at this time. Police say there is no known motive.
Penalties under conviction for drug crimes in Wisconsin can be quite severe. It would definitely make things more stressful to be facing criminal charges in two separate states. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney would be the first logical step to take to try to mitigate such circumstances and build as strong a defense as possible in both situations.
16 in Wisconsin Recently Arrested for Drug Crimes
An onslaught of warrants reportedly served by police in Wisconsin has led to the arrests of 16 people. The ages of those arrested on suspicion of drug crimes range from 18 to 52. The police action unfolded over a 10-day period.
A drug task force unit is said to have issued six different warrants at various times during the investigation. Overall, investigators went to five different residences and one business establishment to conduct their searches. Authorities say they seized a substantial amount of evidence that will likely be presented in court by prosecutors attempting to obtain convictions against those arrested.
Among the illegal drugs police say they found during their searches was cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy. They also claim to have seized various drug paraphernalia and other items commonly associated with illegal drug distribution. Not all the defendants are charged with the same crimes. Some are charged with possession or delivery, while others are facing charges regarding supposed intentions to distribute illegal drugs.
A criminal charge does not constitute guilt. As in any situation in Wisconsin where a resident is formally charged with drug crimes, each of the 16 defendants in this particular case is guaranteed an opportunity to present as strong a defense as possible in the hope of avoiding conviction. Most defendants rely on experienced criminal defense attorneys to help protect their rights and seek the most positive outcomes possible in their individual situations. A person can request legal representation as soon as he or she becomes subject in a police investigation.
Source: fox6now.com, “Walworth County Drug Unit arrests 16, recovers cocaine and marijuana in drug bust“, Feb. 23, 2018
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