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Pipe Cleaning Leads to Intent to Deliver Pot Charges for Milwaukee Man, Police Say

Bruce Handel Jr. who was arrested two weeks earlier for possession of drugs and paraphernalia, was arrested March 14, after police say he had more than 25 grams of marijuana and a scale in his pocket.

After receiving a tip from a witness who said he saw someone blowing or cleaning a pipe through a car window, Greenfield police arrested a 20-year-old Milwaukee man they believe was planning on selling marijuana.

Bruce Handel Jr. was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Monday with felony possession with the intent to deliver marijuana on Tuesday.

According to the Greenfield Police Department report, a witness told police he saw four people in a blue car in the area of West Ramsey Avenue and 32nd Street around 6 p.m. March 14. One of them, the witness told police, was cleaning or blowing a pipe.

Police stopped the vehicle in the 4400 block of West Edgerton Avenue a short time later.

When police searched Handel, they found two baggies of marijuana – one containing 24.7 grams and the other 0.9 grams – a small, electronic scale and a blue glass pipe in his pocket.

When police further searched Handel back at the police station, they found a handful of sandwich-style baggies. Handel told police the baggies were used for various things such as fishing hooks. He denied intending to sell marijuana and said it was for his own personal use. 

Handel, coincidentally, was arrested by Greenfield police just two weeks earlier for possessing 6.6 grams of marijuana, baggies and a pipe

A 19-year-old woman was cited for possession of marijuana. The other two people in the vehicle were cleared and released.

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