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A Racine couple was charged with multiple drug charges after investigators found over 1,000 narcotic pain pills and over $1,300 in cash in their home.

Ami Alvarado-Archambeau, 40, and Jose Alvarado-Vargas, 36, were charged with one count of delivery of narcotics, possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a school; six counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety; four counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, maintaining a drug trafficking place; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alvarado-Vargas also had an extra count of delivery of narcotics, possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a school.

If convicted on all charges, Alvarado-Archambeau faces up to 184 years one month in prison and/or fined up to $461,500. If Alvarado-Vargas is convicted on all charges, he faces up to 204 years one month in prison and/or fined up to $511,500.

According to the criminal complaint, Alvarado-Vargas and Alvarado-Archambeau sold Oxycontin pills to a confidential informant on three separate occasions. When investigators from the Racine County Metro Drug Unit served a search warrant on the couple’s home at 800 Cleveland Avenue, they found over 1,000 Oxycontin pills, marijuana, a grinder and marijuana pipes, and over $1,300 cash.

The couple told investigators that they started selling the pills for extra cash because they didn’t work. Alvarado-Vargas was injured and had back surgery several years ago and was prescribed Oxycontin. In July his symptoms started getting better, but the doctor continued to prescribe the medication and Alvarado-Vargas started to stock pile them.

Alvarado-Archambeau explained that she received $500 every two weeks taking care of Alvarado-Vargas, he received $934 for being on Social Security and they received $400 a month for the children.

A cash bond was set for $10,000 for Alvarado-Archambeau, who has a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. March 1. Alvarado-Vargas’ preliminary hearing was set for Monday morning, but he needed an interpreter and the hearing was reschedule until Tuesday morning.




Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.