By Bill Houston
Caledonia, WI — The latest traffic stop of a Racine man with a history of moving and vehicle violations resulted in the discovery and seizure of over 1 lb. of marijuana.
Jose A. Partida, 1938 Racine St., made his initial court appearance in front of Racine County Judicial Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch, Tuesday, Nov. 12, following his arrest on Aug. 5 by Racine County Sheriff’s deputies, according to court documents.
Partida faces two charges, including misdemeanor resisting an officer and felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. If convicted of the felony charge, he faces up to 6 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
On Aug. 5, 2019 Racine County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over Partida between US Highway 41 and E Frontage Rd. in Caledonia. When he rolled down his window, deputies detected the strong smell of marijuana, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s criminal complaint.
According to the report, Partida refused to exit the vehicle and eventually had to be physically removed from the car by deputies. The 21-year-old denied having marijuana in the vehicle and stated he “had not used marijuana in years.” He also indicated to law enforcement that the vehicle belonged to his grandmother.
A plastic shopping bag was discovered behind the front passenger seat containing a vacuum sealed bag of what later tested positive as marijuana.
According to the criminal complaint, the bag weighed just over 460 g (1.01 lbs.) but there was no paraphernalia found in the vehicle, leading deputies to believe the marijuana was not intended for personal use.
The criminal complaint does not indicate why Partida was initially pulled over on Aug. 5. He has a history of being stopped for minor moving and vehicle violations, but no prior drug charges.
In separate incidents over the last two years, Partida has pleaded no contest to speeding, driving without insurance, driving a vehicle with excessive tinting of a side window, and driving with a suspended license.
He was released on a $1,000 signature bond Nov. 12, under conditions he not consume or possess any controlled substances and he submit to random drug testing.
Partida will appear before Rudebusch for a preliminary hearing Dec. 11, 2019, in the Lower Level Hearing Room of the Racine County Law Enforcement Center.