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Wisconsin Woman Faces up to 65 Years For Selling Heroin

A 19-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of selling illegal drugs faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted of all the drug charges she is facing. The woman was bound over for arraignment in September in Douglas County Circuit Court after waiving a preliminary hearing.

She has been released on a $4,000 signature bond, but she was required to agree not to possess or use any controlled substance while her case is ongoing. Her next court appearance is scheduled for December. The woman is charged with four felony counts of delivering heroin and one count of possession with the intent to distribute. She could be sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison for each of the delivery charges and 15 years in prison for the possession charge.

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Wisconsin Concealed Carry - Drug Offense Violation

Did you know that if you obtained a Concealed Carry Permit in Wisconsin and are convicted of even a misdemeanor or city ordinance drug offense, your permit may be revoked?

The Application for Concealed Weapon License asks “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance”?

You cannot obtain a Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit if you have any drug convictions or arrests within the past year.  This can include a municipal citation arrest and definitely includes any misdemeanor or felony drug conviction or arrest.

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Five Facing Drug Charges After House Raid

A 31-year-old Milwaukee resident is now facing seven felony charges related to a drug raid. Four others were charged as well. According to reports, the investigation started in January after an informant told police that the man was selling crack. Police set up multiple deals with four of the five charged during the investigation, and a search of a house was conducted on Feb. 25.

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Man Accused of Bringing Cocaine in From Out of State

A 40-year-old Wisconsin man was accused of selling cocaine in Marion County. After being detained during a controlled buy, the man was taken to North Central Regional Jail and held on a $50,000 bail bond. He has been charged for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. The investigation into the man’s alleged drug crimes is reportedly ongoing, and the chief deputy of Marion County says more individuals may end up being charged.

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Cash, Drugs, Ammo Found at Home

A Wisconsin woman convicted of four federal crimes could be in violation of the conditions of her release because of what police allegedly found in her home. Law enforcement from three agencies claim to have seized more than $750,000 in cash along with synthetic drugs, suspected marijuana, ammunition, high-capacity magazines and body armor. The terms of her release from custody included a ban on possession of any controlled substance and a ban on having firearms, destructive devices or weapons.

Authorities reportedly found the items on Dec. 18 in a search of the woman’s home in Superior. The search was done through a joint operation by officers from the Superior Police Department, the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, both from Duluth, Minnesota. She shares the home with a man who was convicted on Oct. 7 for selling synthetic drugs from his Duluth store. Authorities said that they had not decided if they would file additional charges.

Police said that they searched the home because of information that they obtained after the man’s conviction. They also claim to have seized around $183,000 from his home in April. Although the home itself is not on the judge’s order of assets that authorities can seize, they can seize some of its contents, including cash. The judge’s order, which will become final at his sentencing, also authorizes the seizure of the man’s store, vacation property in Mexico and $3.5 million from bank accounts.

The man’s lawyers plan to appeal his federal convictions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Convictions of those who are accused of having committed drug crimes may be overturned through the appeals process if new evidence is obtained. A conviction might also be overturned if it can be proven that a search was conducted without regard to the rights of the accused.

Source: Grand Forks Herald, “Cash seized from Wisconsin home of synthetic drug dealer”, Tom Olsen , December 19, 2013

30 Year-Old Man Sentenced in Federal Drug Case

On Dec. 10, a Wisconsin man, 30, was sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison for his participation in a drug ring that trafficked cocaine and marijuana as far south as Texas. He was supposedly part of the Balderas Organization, a group accused of transporting a minimum of 10 pounds of cocaine and thousands of pounds of marijuana. He was in charge of the Wisconsin operation and involved in drug distribution and money laundering.

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Wisconsin Man Faces Multiple Drug Charges

On Nov. 21, a man reportedly crashed into a Wisconsin Rapids establishment and ran away on foot while fleeing police. The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department said that the chase began because they attempted to detain the man for charges of delivering cocaine and heroin, although officials failed to specify why they were targeting him in the first place.

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Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Jail on Drug Charges

A La Crosse man was given a long prison term after being convicted of selling methamphetamine to an undercover police informant. The 30-year-old man attempted to flee the scene at the time law enforcement officers were waiting for a search warrant. Police reports state that he threw a gun in a yard, which police later recovered.

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Former Milwaukee Officer Sentenced After Plea Bargain

A former sergeant at the Milwaukee Police Department was sentenced to one year of probation on March 28 after he pleaded to lesser charges in a felony stalking case. According to reports, the man was charged with felony stalking last year after a woman he was dating claimed that he harassed her after they broke up. The woman accused the man of sending her unwanted texts and Facebook messages, as well as calling her phone continually and coming to her house.

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2 Milwaukee Men Charged with Felony Murder

Two Milwaukee men have been charged with felony murder in relation to a Jan. 29 robbery in the 5300 block of N. 58th Street. According to reports, two 19-year-old males and a 20-year-old male allegedly conspired to rob a beer truck. It appears that the men came up with the plan to rob the truck after one of them got a job for Beer Capitol Distributions.

The day of the robbery, two of the men exchanged around 20 calls, according to police. A text message was allegedly the signal for the robbery to start. One 19-year-old male was the delivery driver’s partner on the truck, and the other two men were reportedly following behind the truck in a car.

One of the 19-year-old males was fatally shot by police after he fled the scene of the robbery and struggled with the officer. According to reports, the officer ordered the 19-year-old to show his hands after the officer noticed a gun tucked into the man’s waistband. The man reportedly ignored the commands, and the officer shot him.

One of the men has apparently made a confession to a third party, and both have been charged with felony murder. They were booked into Milwaukee County Jail, with bail set at $50,000 and $100,000, respectively. The one man’s alleged confession could play a big part in the criminal defense strategy if it is deemed admissible in court. Those who are charged with felonies should wait until they have spoken with someone knowledgeable about criminal defense to make any statements to the authorities.

Source: Journal Sentinel, “Second man charged in fatal Milwaukee beer truck robbery” Jesse Garza, Feb. 20, 2014

Wisconsin Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase

A high-speed car chase occurred on rain-slick streets in Viroqua, on Nov. 16. After the chase ended, a 41-year-old Viroqua man was charged with two felonies by police.

The man, a convicted felon who previously served five years in state prison on other charges, is now facing two felony charges as a repeat offender for first degree reckless endangerment of public safety and attempting to elude a police officer. Both felony charges represent a maximum punishment of 16 years in prison and fines totaling $35,000. He was released on a $1,000 cash bond, and has an initial appearance in court scheduled for the morning of Jan. 27.

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