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Nov. 28, 2012: Traffic stop results in multi-drug bust

Three people face a total of 28 criminal charges, after a routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust in Merrill.

Police said they stopped 23-year-old Cassiopia Conlin of Merrill late the night of Nov. 26 because the license plates did not match the vehicle they were on. Officials said Conlin tried giving a false name, but the officer recognized her.

She and two passengers were arrested after a large amount of drugs were found by the officer and Wausau's canine unit. Conlin, 38-year-old Jimmie Joannon of Merrill, and 49-year-old Danny Hanson of Wausau appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court yesterday. All are due back December 6 when a judge will decide whether to order trials.

Conlin faces nine charges, Joannon 11, and Hanson eight. The charges include possessing meth-amphetamines, heroin, and LSD with the intent to sell them. Other charges include maintaining a drug trafficking house, marijuana possession, using paraphernalia to manufacture drugs, bail jumping, and not having the required state drug tax stamps.

Bond was set at $20,000 for Hanson and $7,500 hundred dollars for the other two.