There are various reasons people become involved in criminal drug activity. Some do it strictly to make money, while others are addicts seeking both drugs and the money to pay for them. Undercover detectives are all too familiar with both of these motives, and drug stings are designed to catch both sellers and buyers.
Three men from Milwaukee were arrested and accused of selling 2 pounds of marijuana to an undercover officer and a police informant. The men, in their 20s and 30s, were each charged last week with one count of manufacture and deliver of more than 200 grams of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. They face up to six years in prison if convicted. One of the men has an additional charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place, which could add 3½ years to his sentence.
With the help of the informant, police arranged to buy 2 pounds of marijuana from one of the men. The informant and the suspect agreed to meet in the parking lot of a business in Waukesha, according to a criminal complaint. Police said they spotted two of the suspects, including the one who had allegedly arranged the drug buy, at the business and met up with them in the third suspect's car. After the deal was finished, the undercover officer left the car and a police tactical unit arrived and arrested the men.
One of the suspects admitted that he's not a legal U.S. citizen, but said it was the first time he had ever sold drugs. If that's true, there's a chance he'll get more favorable treatment than if he were a repeat drug offender. On the other hand, his immigration status could be seriously threatened if he's convicted.
As for the suspect accused of maintaining a drug trafficking place, the charge indicates he's sold drugs in the past. Considering their varied criminal histories and charges, it might be in these suspects' best interest to seek criminal defense lawyers who can address their charges separately to ensure the most favorable outcome for each of them.
Source: Waukesha Patch, "3 Charged in Waukesha Drug Bust," Joe Petrie, Dec. 16, 2011