A 29-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of carrying marijuana during a traffic stop in Menomonee Falls.
Oscar R. Niles was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday with one count of felony bail jumping and one count of possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. If convicted, he faces up to 4-1/2 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 9:54 p.m. April 7, a Menomonee Falls police officer was in a parking lot in the W15400 block of Appleton Avenue when he spotted a Volvo doing 45 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour speed zone. The officer also noticed all the windows of the Volvo were rolled down, which he found odd because it was misty and raining.
The officer pulled the car over and he noticed an open 1-liter bottle of Heineken in the car with the cap put back on loosely. He also noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the car, so he had Niles, who was the passenger, get out. While searching Niles, the officer found a plastic baggie in one pocket with Chiclets gum inside and another baggie that smelled of marijuana.
Niles denied having drugs, saying the baggie was a candy wrapper from something he had bought recently. However, the officer looked in the car and found a small piece of marijuana on Niles' seat. Niles denied knowing the drug was there. Niles will make his initial appearance in court Nov. 12.