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A Racine man was charged after police suspected that he was smoking marijuana in a car with a young child.

Ramone Jones, 40, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Monday with possession of marijuana, second offense. If convicted, Jones faces up to three years six months in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police stopped a car on a traffic stop at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday on 6th Street at Memorial Drive. The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and nearly struck an oncoming car.  Jones, a passenger in the car, and the driver were seen passing something to another passenger in the car behind Jones.

When the officer approached the car, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. A small child was seated behind the driver. The officer called for additional help and asked Jones and the other people in the car to get out.

Uncooperative, the girl sitting behind Jones called the officer “Boo” and she told him he had no right to ask them to get out of the car. The officer had to remove the driver and Jones, who smelled of marijuana.

Searching the vehicle, the officer found pieces of marijuana and an open bottle of Royal Crown whiskey. But the driver told the officer that it was already open when it was brought into the car.

The officer noted that the girl sitting behind Jones was “large framed” and she “could have easily hidden drugs passed to her by either Jones or (the driver).” However, a female officer was not available to conduct a search and the male officer did not want to infringe upon her privacy rights.

Jones has prior drug convictions and is on federal probation for a drug violation. While be arrested, Jones told the officer he would “beat this in a jury trial” and accused the officer of being racist.

The marijuana found inside the car totalled .1 grams.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set Jones’ bond for $100. A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 14.

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.