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Drug distribution charges after a "no-knock" search warrant

Wisconsin law enforcement agencies have lately been cracking down on alleged drug crimes. And while there are many types of drug charges, possession with intent to sell can be one of the more serious. Indeed, a conviction of this type of drug charge can lead to substantial jail time.On Dec. 15, police executed a "no-knock" search warrant in Wisconsin. Two men were subsequently arrested as a result of the search. According to police, the men were ages 21 and 25 and were arrested at an apartment about 3:30 in the afternoon. Police claim that they detected the odor of burnt marijuana, and a search of the residence allegedly produced about one quarter of a pound of marijuana, along with cash and various types of drug paraphernalia. Police also claim the alleged marijuana was in baggies commonly used in drug distribution.

Wisconsin man charged with OWI after Christmas parade crash

The holiday season in Wisconsin can be wonderful. It is a time for families to get together, celebrate and enjoy the closeness of loving relationships. However, the holidays can also be a time for increased police activity, as authorities seek to prosecute drivers who may have had too much to drink. Indeed, Wisconsin arrests for OWI are often considerably high during the holiday season.One alleged OWI incident recently occurred when a 52-year-old Wisconsin man reportedly crashed into a Christmas parade float that was carrying several children. The man now faces felony drunk driving charges. According to a county sheriff's department, the man fled the scene after the accident. He was later stopped about a block away by witnesses who detained him until police arrived. According to reports, no one was injured during the incident.

Drug trafficking: 55-year-old Wisconsin man sentenced to 1 year

A 55-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to prison for a year after being convicted of maintaining a drug trafficking location. Prosecutors alleged that the man's role in maintaining the location contributed to the death of a 28-year-old man. The 55-year-old pled no contest to the felony charge, and the judge proceeded to dismiss other more serious felony allegations that had been filed against the man, including reckless homicide by delivery of drugs to the first degree, as well as drug manufacturing and delivery. The convicted man received a credit of 41 days to be subtracted from his sentence for the time he spent in jail before the trial. However, he will have two years of extended supervision after completing his prison term.Although the man was sentenced to one year in prison, prosecutors advocated that he be incarcerated for half a year longer, which would make up the maximum term possible for his crime. The prosecution argued that the man was the source of the illegal substances that caused the other man's death. But defense counsel argued that his client wasn't even present for the drug deal, and was possibly sleeping in another room at the time. The defense counsel further said that his client had never even met the young man who died, since it was another person who had purchased and delivered the drugs.

Young man pleads guilty to sexual assault of 14-year-old

A 25-year-old Wisconsin man recently pled guilty in La Cross County Circuit Court to third degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The incident that led to the charges did not become a criminal case until the father of the alleged victim found out that she was pregnant.Reportedly, the story leading up to the initial charges involved an online interaction between the young man and a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook. Prosecutors claimed that the two agreed to meet in August 2010 at a public park, where they reportedly had sex in a bathroom. When the father of the girl discovered that she was pregnant, he reported the situation to the police.

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