Madison PD: Thanksgiving meal delivery results in two arrests on drug, other charges

Madison Police Daylight

MADISON, Wis. — What started as a Thanksgiving meal dropoff for a Madison police officer earlier this week ended with two men behind bars on drug and other charges.

In an incident report, the Madison Police Department said an officer was dropping off a holiday meal at an apartment building in the 1300 block of East Washington Avenue late Monday morning when the officer passed two men who smelled strongly of marijuana. The duo had just gotten out of a vehicle that police said was listed as stolen from Nebraska.

After more officers got to the building, they found one of the men, a 23-year-old, in a hallway with drugs on him and arrested him without incident.

As they searched for the second man, a 26-year-old, they found footprints that lead to a rooftop area, which they followed to a nearby apartment. Inside, they reportedly found the other man hiding in a closet and a gun under a bed.

The 23-year-old was arrested on tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent (passenger) and possession with intent to deliver both fentanyl and THC, the report said. The 26-year-old, meanwhile, was arrested on tentative charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver THC, bail jumping and resisting arrest.

Police officers across the city delivered Thanksgiving meals on Monday to feed 200 people for the holiday, according to the department.

News 3 Now is not naming the men at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Click here to learn more about the policy. Both are currently being held in the Dane County Jail as of Tuesday night.