Being charged with a crime can leave many people confused and frustrated as they try to determine what their next step should be. The consequences for a drug crime conviction can range from being ordered to complete a substance abuse program to serving a lengthy prison sentence.
Just this past weekend, two Wisconsin residents were arrested after being pulled over during a regular traffic stop. But instead of walking away with citations for speeding and incorrect lane usage, they have been charged with felonious drug possession. How did a routine traffic stop go from a speeding ticket to serious drug charges?
Apparently, a police officer who spotted their car became suspicious of the way that they were traveling. When they were pulled over, he remained suspicious and ordered a canine search of the vehicle. The dog indicated that there was some sort of illegal substance. Upon a closer investigation, officers discovered a large amount of cocaine hidden in their vehicle.
Specifically, the drugs had been put into large diaper boxes. But once the narcotics team discovered the drugs, the two were arrested and taken into custody. At this point, there is no information regarding what the two were planning to do with the drugs. Law enforcement believes that they were intending to sell it.
There is also no specific information as to what sort of penalties they could be facing. But given the amount of illegal substances that was confiscated, they could be facing harsh consequences. This will likely be made clearer at their next court appearance.
Source: Beloit Daily News: "Beloiters held for $1.4M in cocaine," Will O'Brien, Aug. 15, 2011.