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CALEDONIA, WI – A 20-year-old Racine man was arrested for marijuana possession after a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department found over a pound of marijuana in his car.

The deputy pulled over Jose Partida because of an equipment violation at 5:34 p.m. Monday on County Trunk Highway G and the East Frontage Road.

“Upon approach, the Deputy detected the overwhelming odor of fresh marijuana emanating from the vehicle,” according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy called for additional deputies to respond to the scene. Partida, who was the only person in the car, was ordered to exit the vehicle. But he refused their orders and had to be removed.

When the deputies searched the car, they found a black plastic shopping bag behind the rear seat. The bag contained a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana buds that weighed 460.2 grams, which is a little more than a pound.

Partida was arrested for obstruction and possession of marijuana. He is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $25,300 bail.


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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.