While performing an investigation into the possible presence of drug activity, authorities may deploy informants in an attempt to make a controlled purchase. Once an informant claims to have purchased drugs from a person, police may use this information to attempt to obtain a warrant to perform a search of his or her residence and/or vehicle. Two individuals have been accused of drug crimes after an alleged purchase led to the search of a vehicle during a recent traffic stop in Wisconsin.
Law enforcement agents assert the investigation began when an undercover informant spoke with two individuals and set up a meeting to purchase cocaine. Prior to attending the meeting, the informant was searched by police and found not to be in possession of illegal narcotics. After attending the meeting, police claim the informant produced several small bags of a substance believed to be cocaine.
Several days later, a traffic stop was initiated after police claim to have witnessed one of the individuals driving while on a revoked license. While performing a search of the vehicle, police were allegedly able to uncover the presence of drugs, along with evidence suggesting one of them sold cocaine to the informant. The woman was subsequently accused of manufacturing and delivering cocaine, and she could be facing as many as 12 years in prison if a conviction is obtained.
With the potential gravity of a conviction for drug crimes, those who face similar charges may feel somewhat intimidated by the process. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can provide a person in Wisconsin with assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. An attorney can evaluate the charges and evidence against a client and assist in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible during subsequent legal proceedings.
Source: madison.com, “Police: Wisconsin Dells woman sold cocaine to informant“, Jake Ekdahl, April 20, 2018