SAWYER COUNTY -- Felony Charges have been filed and a cash bond of $100,000 has been ordered for a Minnesota man following a traffic stop in Sawyer County which resulted in his arrest and the discovery and seizure of heroin, meth, cocaine, and marijuana.

DrydenWire.com previously published a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office regarding the arrest of James Q. Griffin, of Minneapolis, MN, after a traffic stop for a seat belt violation led to Griffin’s arrest and the subsequent seizure of heroin, meth, cocaine, and marijuana found on his person.

A Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol on January 24, 2020 shortly after 10:30a when a vehicle passed the deputy’s location with a driver who was not wearing a seatbelt. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop, and requested assistance from another Sheriff’s Office Deputy. Sawyer County K9 arrived on scene to assist.

While the first Deputy was issuing a traffic violation citation to Griffin, the K9 unit performed a check on the vehicle and the K9 partner alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.

A small amount of marijuana was located inside the vehicle. Griffin was taken into custody and
transported to the Sawyer County Jail. While being booked into the Jail, a baseball sized ball holding 4 vacuum sealed baggies was found on Griffin’s person. According to the criminal complaint filed against Griffin the first baggie contained 64 grams of heroin; the second baggie contained 23.9 grams of meth; the third baggie contained 5 grams of cocaine; and the fourth baggie contained 1.9 grams of marijuana.

Griffin is charged with Class C Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin (>50G), Second or Subsequent Offense; Class D Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Second or Subsequent Offense; Class F Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine (>1-5G), Second and Subsequent Offense; and Class I Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver THC (Tetrahydrocannabinols)(<=200G), Second and Subsequent Offense.

Previously Griffin was convicted of Felony Drugs-3rd Degree - Possess 3 Grams or More Cocaine/Heroin/Methamphetamine in the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County. Online circuit court records show that Griffin was placed on a $100,000 cash bond at a hearing on January 28, 2020. He appeared most recently on February 12, 2020 and is scheduled to appear again in March 2020.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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