SAWYER COUNTY -- A traffic stop today near the village of Stone Lake for failure to wear a seat belt led to the arrest of a man after authorities discovered a 'baseball sized quantity of contrabound' prior to the booking process inside the county jail, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- On January 24, 2020 at 10:40 a.m., a Sawyer County Deputy conducted a traffic stop near the Village of Stone Lake on a tan Chevrolet Blazer because the driver, James Q. A. Griffin; DOB: 08/31/1985, was not wearing his seat belt.  While the Deputy completed the seat belt violation citation, another Deputy arrived and utilized his K-9 partner, Trace, who alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.  A search was conducted and a small amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle.

Mr. Griffin was arrested for Possession of THC and transported to the Sawyer County Jail.  Once inside the Jail, prior to the booking process, a baseball sized quantity of contraband was found on his person.  The contraband was vacuum wrapped and later field tested positive for 64.1 grams of Heroin, 23.9 grams of Methamphetamine, 5 grams of Cocaine, along with additional Marijuana.

Mr. Griffin is being held in the Sawyer County Jail for Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of THC and Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Secured Correctional Facility.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office continue our combined efforts in our mission to protect the citizens of Sawyer County.

- Per Sheriff Doug Mrotek

Last Update: Jan 25, 2020 7:53 am CST

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