Joseph C. Balderas, 19, and Conrad Cottingham, 29, were charged in Racine County Circuit Court Wednesday with one count of possession with intent to deliver THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. If convicted, they each face up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 2 a.m. Wednesday, a Mount Pleasant police officer was driving westbound on Highway 11 when he spotted a car coming southbound on Lathrop that inched toward a stoplight without stopping, then turned slowly onto westbound 11. The officer spotted fresh damage on the bumper and noticed the car was a rental out of Kenosha, so he pulled it over since rental cars aren’t normally allowed out with damage.
Cottingham was driving and wearing a heavy leather jacket, which the officer also found suspicious. The officer asked to see the rental agreement, so Balderas opened the glove box and the officer noticed a can of Natural Lite beer and a bottle of Seagram’s Gin inside.
Cottingham was ordered out of the car and while the officer was patting him down, he realized Cottingham smelled of marijuana and he had $1,100 in cash in his pocket. Officers then searched the car and discovered two large bags of marijuana on the passenger side, along with more bags in the glove box.
A total of 95 grams of marijuana were found in the car.
Balderas said all of the marijuana belonged to him and he had been at his cousin’s house on the north side when Cottingham picked him. He stopped short, however, of saying from where he got the drugs.
Cottingham failed field sobriety tests and was also charged with second offense operating while intoxicated.
Both men are currently being held in Racine County Jail on $4,000 bond. <Share on Facebook