A traffic stop on I-94 near Highway 20 in Racine County on Sept. 6 led to the discovery of more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of two Milwaukee men.

Carlos J. Pagan, 45, and Luis D. Nieves Rivera, 39, both were charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, which carries a fine of $100,000 and 40 years in prison. Both men are being held in Racine County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint:
A deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department stopped Pagan’s vehicle after he observed it traveling at a high rate of speed.

Pagan told police he was returning from O’Hare Airport, where he had dropped off his mother. As the officer was delivering multiple traffic citations, a K-9 unit was used, and the dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle at the right rear door.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a sealed cardboard shipping box that contained several packages of hard candy, several animal-shaped beanie babies and a multi-colored gift-wrapped package, along with two additional packages wrapped with towels.

Police cut into one of the packages and observed a white, chunky substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine at a total weight of 1,024.1 grams.

Pagan told police, “I was only the driver. I knew we were picking up some dope but I was only the driver. The car really belongs to Luis (Nieves Rivera).”

Both defendants will be back in court Thursday for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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