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Police make drug charges against two young adults in Janesville

When a report of a Wisconsin arrest on drug-related offenses is publicized, it often sounds ominous, and certainly drug charges are serious business. But initial media reports of drug trafficking and other allegations are usually not much more than summaries of police representations, and it is typical that the authorities want to make their report as compelling as possible. But sometimes the individuals charged get lost in the shuffle. In the rush to persuade a court that an arrest was warranted, police sometimes overstate charges. For instance, a police report might make an amount of marijuana sound more substantial by recording the amount in grams rather than in ounces, which seems to be the case in one instance where about one ounce of marijuana was purportedly confiscated and recorded as 25.9 grams.

Reportedly, after conducting a probation check at a local residence, Wisconsin Community Corrections Officers apparently alerted local police in Janesville about alleged drug activity at the home. Police say they obtained a search warrant, after which they arrested a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman at the premises. It is unclear whether the two arrested were the subject of the prior probation check. Both were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, running a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say they seized about 26 grams of marijuana, which is slightly less than an ounce. They also confiscated $1281, which is not an inordinate amount of cash. Finally, they claim to have found drug paraphernalia, none of which was described and which may or may not have been relevant. Police also say children were in the home, and those children are apparently now in foster care. No information was released as to their age or whether they were related to the two young adults arrested.

Source:, "Two arrested in Janesville drug bust," Nov. 4, 2011

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