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A 25-year-old Racine man faces two felony drug-related charges after his arrest March 10.

Darron D. Jackson is charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

The two counts carry a maximum fine of $20,000 and seven years in prison. In addition, Jackson is charged as a repeat offender, which could an additional eight years in prison if he’s convicted.

Court records show that Jackson was convicted in 2009 of a felony charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and a felony charge of illegally possessing a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint:
Officers with the Racine Police Department stopped Jackson’s rental vehicle in the 1800 block of Taylor Avenue in Racine when they observed that he was not wearing a seatbelt. When the officer made contact, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana.

Police searched Jackson and found $1,562 in cash, and a search of the center console revealed a sandwich bag with marijuana, along with several bags they believed were used to package marijuana. In addition, they found a small digital scale with a significant amount of marijuana residue and three cell phones.

Jackson told police: “This ain’t even my car, I just got it, I don’t even know what’s in it.”

The marijuana weighed 4.6 grams.

Jackson is scheduled to return to Racine County Circuit Court on March 21 for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m.

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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.