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38-year-old Milwaukee man faces drug charges

A 27-year-old woman has been missing from Milwaukee since Oct. 12, and her boyfriend, who police believe may have been involved in her disappearance, was released from jail on Oct. 20 after he posted $5,000 in bail. The felony drug charges against the 38-year-old man include possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of narcotics and keeping a drug house. He admitted to snorting cocaine with the woman right before she vanished.

The missing woman was last seen on the morning of Oct. 11, and her cell phone was used just minutes later. The man, an IT executive with a Milwaukee-based relocation firm, hasn't been charged in her disappearance. He was taken into custody near his office, and another employee for the firm confirmed he still worked there but wouldn't comment further on the case.

In addition to the felonies, the courts also charged him with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He entered a not guilty plea to both charges. He has retained an attorney and denies any involvement with the woman's disappearance. Official documents indicated that the couple used cocaine together the night before she vanished. He admitted using the drug with her on a weekly basis. A search of the subject's apartment revealed drug paraphernalia, about 40 grams of marijuana, less than 1 gram of cocaine and prescription pills. Authorities continued to look into the woman's disappearance as relatives and friends of the woman continued their search for her.

Some cases can be complicated and involve several different charges against an individual. A criminal defense attorney might be able to help clients by negotiating with prosecutors in an attempt to reduce charges or penalties.

Source: Journal Sentinel, "Boyfriend of missing Milwaukee woman posts bail on drug charges", Ashley Luthern, October 22, 2013

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