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Drugs found in Marathon County, Wisconsin hotel A month-long investigation by the Marathon County Special Investigations Unit concluded on Thursday when officers from the Everest Metro and the Rothschild Police departments found heroin, speed, psychedelic mushrooms and $1,300 in cash at the Rothschild Hotel. A 31-year-old man who has not been identified was taken into custody for possible drug crimes. The man is in the Marathon County Jail on a probation hold. His court date is next week.

The precise amount of the drugs recovered and the charges that the man may be facing are as yet unspecified. Drug charges depend, however, upon the weight of the contraband and whether facts and circumstances make out possession, the intent to deliver or the actual delivery of these controlled substances. The variety of the drugs and the greater than average amount of cash alleged to have been possessed above suggest that at least possession with the intent to distribute will be charged. If so, the charges will all be felonies.

Wisconsin drug felonies have serious consequences. In a trial case with a fact pattern such as this one, search and seizure issues will be at the forefront. An experienced narcotics attorney will start preparing for a suppression hearing from the start of the case by going over the police reports, including the warrant, conducting his own investigation of the premises and looking for witnesses and other evidence that might help him discredit police testimony.

If his client is not interested in going to trial he can negotiate a plea for a reduced charge or a promise of a non-incarceratory sentence.

Source: WAOW 9 News, "Marathon County investigators arrest a 31 year old man on possible drug charges", June 28, 2013

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