A South Milwaukee man and Milwaukee woman are accused of having drugs in their car after they eluded police in Milwaukee County.

Solian Dhembi, 28, and Marisela Rodriguez, 24, were charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dhembi also is accused of bail jumping and was charged as a repeat offender.

If convicted of all charges, Dhembi faces up to 30 years, eight months and/or fined up to $40,500. Rodriguez faces up to eight years one month in prison and/or fined up to $25,500.

According to the criminal complaint, Caledonia Police officers stopped Dhembi after an attempt to locate was initiated when he failed to stop the car he was driving in Milwaukee County. Officers stopped Dhembi, who was driving a car with “heavy front end damage,” in the 900 block of 6 Mile Road on Tuesday. The car did not have a license plate and was last seen exiting 7 Mile Road.

When Caledonia officers stopped the car, Dhembi slumped in the driver’s seat and Rodriguez was in the passenger seat. She told police she was pregnant and not wearing pants. During a search of the car, officers found used syringes and a stack of tin containers on the front seat. Cocaine, heroine and pill bottles full of prescription medications were found in the car along with five cell phones.

Rodriguez told police that everything found in the car was hers. But when they asked if the heroin, needles and drug paraphernalia were hers, she became quiet and told them “I don’t know.” She refused to answer any further questions.

Dhembi is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond. Rodriguez is being held on a $500 cash bond.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.