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Wisconsin man charged in Douglas County with possessing more than 1 pound of marijuana

Jordan Corde Branch, 36, appeared via Zoom for a hearing at Douglas County District Court on Wednesday morning, Oct. 26.

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ALEXANDRIA โ€” A Wisconsin man made his first court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 26, on a felony drug possession case in which he is accused of having more than a pound of marijuana.

Jordan Corde Branch, 36, of Racine, Wis., is charged with a felony fifth degree controlled substance crime โ€” marijuana possession.

Branch appeared via Zoom for a hearing at Douglas County District Court on Wednesday morning.

According to the statement of probable cause, Branch was arrested in Garfield on Oct. 10 after a law enforcement officer found Branch pulled to the side of the road with his car's flashers engaged.

The officer offered assistance, but Branch declined help. A check of the license plate revealed the registration for the vehicle was suspended, the statement read.

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The officer noted a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, and a search was conducted. A small bag of marijuana weighing 4.4 grams was located inside the vehicle, the statement read.

A search of the trunk revealed two smaller bags containing marijuana weighing 60 grams, and one large bag containing small plastic bags of marijuana weighing 1.77 pounds, the statement read.

A loaded 9-millimeter handgun was also located sitting on the floor of the vehicle, under the seat where Branch had been sitting, the statement read.

The maximum sentence for Branch's possession charge is five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Branch will next appear in court for an omnibus hearing, the date of which was not announced at his hearing Wednesday.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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