Harlan teen to appear in court next week on drug charges


March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Harlan teen arrested last Summer on drug charges is in trouble with the law again. According to court records, 18-year old Brett Scott Wilke faces numerous felony drug charges and an aggravated misdemeanor drug charge, after he was arrested following an ongoing Harlan Police Department investigation into his alleged activities.

Wilke faces a felony charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct, three felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance, and an aggravated misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a structure. If convicted of the felony and aggravated misdemeanor charges, he faces up to 42 years in jail, with additional fines totaling $17,500.

According to Harlan Police reports, Wilke allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant on three separate occasions in January and February. The Harlan Tribune reports Wilke allegedly sold a baggie of a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana to the informant. The amount of each sale was 3.8, 4.2 and 5.4 grams. One of the sales was within 1,000 feet of a school. Wilke was taken into custody following a traffic stop February 23rd in Harlan. He was released on a $15,000 bond and ordered to appear in court for his Preliminary Hearing on March 15th.

Wilke was also arrested on May 30th, 2011, on Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. Wilke was 17 at the time. His case was handled by Juvenile Court Services.