An early-morning investigation to two men sleeping in a car led to drug charges filed Monday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Robert T. Butler, 25, and Aaron P. Hall, 33, Racine, are both charged with a felony count of manufacturing/delivering marijuana and misdemeanor counts of possession of nitrous oxide with the intent to inhale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The felony carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. The nitrous oxide-related charge carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in the county jail, while the paraphernalia charge carries a fine of $500 and 30 days in jail.

Both defendants are scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing July 5 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers from the Burlington Police Department observed both men sleeping in their vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 1901 Milwaukee Ave.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a marijuana grinder in the center console. Inside the glove compartment, police found one plastic bag with marijuana, one bag with an edible form of marijuana, a container with marijuana, $616 in cash and five syringes.

Along with the grinder in the console, police found a bag with marijuana, one package of rolling papers, a glass jar with marijuana blunts, $708 in cash, multiple bags, and a metal pipe.

Additional drug-related paraphernalia was found in the driver’s side and the trunk.

Butler told police that he had Hall had been trading the edible candies for items while at a concert and that he uses the nitrous oxide tanks that were found for his “artwork.” Police found four tanks in the trunk labeled “nitrous oxide.”

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