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Suspects face charges for marijuana sales

Two suspects stopped on Feb. 25 in Shawano have been charged with possession of marijuana for sale. Police detained the men during a traffic stop after they found one of them was driving on a suspended license. The first defendant, a 20-year-old, was driving. He faces a penalty of up to 42 months in prison and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted for the drug crimes. The second suspect, a 22-year-old, could receive a steeper consequence because he has a prior felony conviction for burglary on his record.

During the traffic stop, law enforcement personnel could allegedly smell the odor of marijuana. Officers with K9 units searched the vehicle and discovered about 130 grams of marijuana in separate baggies, a scale, a grinder and additional drug paraphernalia. The plastic bags appeared to be coded with initials that corresponded to a similar list on a piece of cardboard. 

The driver informed law enforcement that the marijuana, which he claimed he bought in Milwaukee for $4,000, was for his own use. The men were released and scheduled for their initial appearances in court. They also have been charged with two drug misdemeanors.

The suspects could face serious mandatory penalties for marijuana distribution, especially the defendant who has a previous felony on his record. A criminal defense attorney might be able to discuss the case with the men to determine why they were involved in drug sales. If they are struggling with their own addiction, the attorney might be able to request that they complete substance abuse treatment. Drug counseling usually costs the taxpayers less money than time in custody and allows the defendants to learn how to live a drug-free lifestyle.

Source: The Shawano Leader, "2 Shawano men charged with pot distribution," Tim Ryan, Feb. 26, 2013

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