Two Wisconsin residents were arrested for possession with the intent to deliver drugs. They had been on their way to a festival with several others when their motor home was pulled over. Police reported that they could smell marijuana and brought in a police dog. As a result of the search, the officers found marijuana in the vehicle.
Being charged with a drug crime can have serious consequences, even if the charge is for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Legal penalties can include jail time. But even more so, drug charges and convictions can make it difficult to find employment in the future. The consequences can be far-reaching.
Prior to the arrest of the two Wisconsin residents, police in the area had arrested two people also on their way to the festival after a search turned up 11 pounds of candy bars. But these weren't just made with chocolate and other candies; officers allege that the candy bars were laced with hashish. The two people told the officers that the candy was in fact full of drugs and that they had planned to sell it to festival-goers.
Other festival-goers on separate occasions were also stopped and arrested after officers continued to find illegal substances in the vehicles. One man told the officers that he had drugs, including ecstasy and LSD, in the vehicle.
Those who have been arrested were kept in custody, likely until their court appearance. It is not clear what sorts of penalties each individual may face for the charges against them. But if they do not take these charges seriously, a conviction could seriously impact their future.
Source: Allegan County News online, "Traffic stops net drug busts," 06 July 2011