A 22-year-old man from Racine was recently taken into custody on marijuana charges. Police believe that the man and his fiancee tried to hide evidence of his alleged crime in a child's backpack. He is being held on charges related to drug possession in addition to charges of child neglect and recklessly endangering safety.
Several police officers, including an investigator with the Racine County Metro Drug Unit, presented a search warrant at the apartment of the man's fiancee because it was suspected that drugs were being sold there. Officers were questioning the man as his fiancee was getting the oldest of the couple's two children ready for school. After a while, the investigator noticed that a digital scale that had been on the floor was no longer there after the child was ready to go to school.
The fiancee allegedly later admitted to hiding the scale in the back pack along with marijuana that police found when they searched the back pack. The man reportedly admitted to selling drugs out of the apartment, as well. The police also deemed that the apartment was not fit for children to live in due to fruit-flies, rotten food and other unsanitary conditions.
Police claim that they found 36.1 grams of marijuana in the apartment. The man claimed that he had brought all of the drugs and drug paraphernalia to the apartment that morning. Drug charges can carry significant penalties including long prison sentences. Any person facing drug charges, including the man in this story, should approach their charges differently. An attorney may be able to help this man make more well-informed decisions about his trial, including the possibility of a plea agreement, fighting the charges with a vigorous defense or taking other steps that may improve both his future and his family's.
Source: WTMJ, "Man jailed after stashing marijuana in child's backpack", Bryan Dee, September 26, 2013