Although many have proclaimed the war on drugs in the United States a lost one, that doesn't mean that law enforcement is about to give up the battle. Yes, a handful of states have decriminalized marijuana, at least when it comes to use of the drug for medicinal purposes. But Wisconsin isn't one of them, and the laws against it and other drugs are still very stringent.
Heroin possession, which isn't legal in any state, carries particularly serious consequences. A man and woman from Waukesha County, Wisconsin, are currently facing such drug charges. The two were spotted by an undercover officer last week while they were sitting in a car that was approached by an SUV. The SUV driver stopped, got out and went to talk to the man. Soon afterward, a blue truck pulled up and the SUV driver went over to talk to its driver briefly before the truck drove off.
According to the criminal complaint, the SUV and the man and woman's car left for another location, where the SUV driver handed a package to the man in his car. The man and woman drove away, with the officer tracking them until they stopped outside a business and the man headed inside. That's when the officer approached him and asked if he had anything illegal inside the car. He said yes, and the officer searched the car, finding a plastic bag on the dashboard of the car with seven bundles of heroin.
The two were charged with one count of possession of a narcotic drug. They could both face up to 3½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted. Both the man and woman are fairly young, at ages 37 and 25, respectively. Such a serious drug conviction could follow them for the rest of their lives, affecting their ability to find a job, housing or a loan. If you're facing drug charges, your best move is to find someone to represent you in court, preferably an attorney with proven experience in fighting drug charges. You may be able to avoid the most serious penalties, not to mention the stigma attached to a drug conviction.
Source: Waukesha Patch, "Two Area Residents Caught In Milwaukee Buying Heroin," Joe Petrie, Feb. 25, 2012