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Traffic stop leads to seven felony charges


Joseph Peacock, 33, of Carlton is facing seven felony charges, a misdemeanor and two gross misdemeanors after a traffic stop revealed possession of drugs and stolen firearms.

Peacock was stopped by a state trooper on February 5 near Henriette. The trooper noted Peacock’s nervous demeanor. Upon request, Peacock could not offer proof of insurance and said he would be late for a court hearing regarding drug possession.

While Peacock was able to provide a Wisconsin license, when the trooper ran a record check on him, he discovered that Peacock’s Minnesota license had been suspended. When the trooper started to approach the vehicle again after the record check, Peacock drove away. The trooper pursued in the squad car.

Peacock drove through a yard, and while the vehicle was still in motion, he exited it and began running. The trooper got out of his car and pursued on foot, shouting for Peacock to get on the ground, otherwise the trooper would deploy his taser.

Peacock lost his footing as he ran, and the trooper apprehended him. He found a blue metal vial on Peacock’s person that tested positive for methamphetamine.

After a K9 unit arrived on the scene and Peacock’s vehicle was secured, illegal drugs were found behind the passenger seat of his vehicle. A lockbox was also found, which contained a digital scale, small Ziploc bags, two men’s watches and collectable coins.

A small backpack was also found, which contained two firearms and ammunition, a white substance suspected to be meth, rolling papers and suspected marijuana.

A record check indicated the firearms had been reported as stolen, one in 1997 and the other in 2016.

Peacock has a prior felony conviction in Wisconsin which prohibits him from possessing firearms.

He faces two counts of first degree drug possession; maximum sentence is 30 years and/or a fine of $1,000,000. Peacock is also charged on two counts of second degree drug possession, which could lead up to 25 years and/or $500,000 fine. On two felony counts for possession of stolen property, Peacock faces 20 years in jail and/or a $100,000 fine.

He is also charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony offense liable to sentencing of up to three years and one day with the option of a $5,000 fine. For fleeing a peace officer on foot, a misdemeanor offense, a sentence could lead to no more than 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. For possessing a firearm after prior felony conviction, Peacock faces two gross misdemeanor offenses with up to one year and/or a $3,000 fine.


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