Two Wisconsin men were pulled over on Interstate 35 for a traffic violation which led to an arrest for drug possession. After they were pulled over and searched, the police department seized drugs and money, according to a news release. Authorities claim they found roughly two and a half pounds of medical-grade marijuana. It is not clear why police started the search or whether they had probable cause.
The marijuana was believed to have come from a medical marijuana outlet in Colorado. Given that these two men were carrying such a large amount of marijuana, they were charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver. They were also charged with the failure to affix the required drug tax stamp. Along with the drug trafficking charges, the two men also face the misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
During the investigation of the men and their vehicle, the officers also found over $18,000 in cash, though police did not specify how the money related to the drug investigation. The two men are currently being detained in jail on a $10,000 bond.
In this case, a simple traffic violation led to drug possession and possession with intent to sell charges. People who find themselves facing the burden of drug charges may benefit from talking to a legal advocate who can offer them support. Attorneys specializing in criminal law may be able to offer advice and provide options for forming a solid defense. Attorneys work to investigate the circumstances of the incident, including the officers' conduct during the search, to protect the rights of the client.
Source: The Globe Gazette, "Two Wisconsin men face drug charges," Aug. 30, 2011