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Man allegedly asleep at the wheel now charged with drug crimes

Wisconsin police often respond to calls without knowing exactly what they will find when they arrive at a particular scene. A recent incident resulted in a man who had already been convicted for a past offense being charged with drug crimes. The situation unfolded shortly before 4 p.m. on a recent Sunday.

Authorities say a call came in reporting a man who was passed out in his car. Police responded to the scene. They are then said to have made contact with the man in question. Officers also claim to have found evidence of illegal drugs in the man's vehicle.

Allegedly, officers seized 30 zolpidem pills. This is a sedative drug known to have hypnotic side effects. It is often used to treat people who suffer from insomnia. Police say they also found several different packages containing an opioid drug known as suboxone. This drug is known to be an effective pain killer.

The man's situation grew further complicated when responding officers reportedly found a firearm in the man's possession. He was arrested and now faces several charges for drug crimes, as well as a charge for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In Wisconsin, as in all other states, being charged with a crime does not constitute guilt. Many who face charges are able to avoid conviction; others sometimes successfully obtain reduced sentences, either through negotiation of a plea agreement or by direct appeal to the court after a conviction is handed down. These types of positive results are typically achieved through experienced and aggressive defense assistance.

Source: Oak Creek, WI Patch, "Drug and Weapons Charges for Passed Out Driver; Police Bust Meth User at Red Roof Inn", Scott Anderson, Nov. 6, 2016

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