Drugs, stolen property found in car believed stolen from New Mexico; 2 arrested
PORTAGE, Wis. — Two New Mexico men were arrested early Thursday morning after authorities found drugs and stolen property while searching a vehicle at an interstate rest stop.
Troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol requested assistance from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office around 3 a.m. related to a search for a vehicle reported in a driving complaint. A deputy with the sheriff’s department found the vehicle parked at a westbound rest area on I-39/90/94.
Authorities said the vehicle had improper registration through the state of New Mexico.
When law enforcement made contact with the occupants, they reportedly noticed signs of drug use. Deputies searched the vehicle and recovered roughly 16 grams of methamphetamine, prescription narcotic pills, packs of commercially produced THC products, numerous prepaid debit cards and some stolen property.
Both occupants were taken into custody and booked into the Columbia County Jail.
Ryan Griffin, 40, is facing potential charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule two narcotic, and possession with intent to deliver THC.
Sir Cotton, 23, is facing potential charges of possession of a schedule two narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release, the vehicle was impounded as authorities with the sheriff’s office continue their investigation. They said the vehicle was likely stolen from New Mexico.
Authorities said they believe Griffin and Cotton may have been stealing from the Milwaukee area. Their investigation is ongoing.
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