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Wisconsin man suspected of drug possession faces charges

In the 40 or so years since President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs, law enforcement in the United States has yet to announce a subtantial victory. But police departments aren't about to stop fighting, and as they continue, the penalties seem to get higher and higher.

A 21-year-old Waukesha, Wisconsin, man is facing charges after being arrested and accused of buying heroin in Milwaukee. He was charged Thursday with one count of possession of a narcotic drug in connection with his arrest on Jan. 12. According to a criminal complaint, police noticed the young man's car parked near another one on a Milwaukee street. The officer said in a report that suburban residents often travel to the inner city to buy heroin due to the competitive drug market there. Therefore, they suspected the man, whose license plate would have indicated where he lived, was there to buy drugs along with the driver of the other car, which was also registered to a suburban address.

The criminal complaint says the men purchased drugs from another person and the officer decided to follow the Waukesha man's car and ultimately pulled it over. Police found the heroin during that stop, the complaint said.

The man is currently free on a bond while he awaits trial. If convicted, he could face up to 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine on just one count of drug possession. Because a conviction could have a seriously negative impact on the rest of his life, affecting his ability to get a job or secure housing in the future, it's in his best interest to seek out a defense attorney experienced in drug crimes.

Source: Patch.com, "Complaint: Waukesha Man Caught Buying Heroin in Milwaukee," Joe Petrie, Jan. 24, 2012

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