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Three new felony drug charges were filed Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 38-year-old Racine man with several additional pending cases.

Raymond F. Ellison Sr. is charged with three felony counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine, possession with intent to deliver on or near a school in a case that stemmed from three undercover drug purchases in February and March 2017.

Each of the charges carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison.

Because the alleged crimes occurred within 1,000 feet of Racine Park and Racine St. Catherine’s high school and from a child care facility, the prison time on each charge could be increased by five years.

According to the recently filed criminal complaint:

A confidential informant on Feb. 23, 2017, made a controlled purchase of 1 gram of crack cocaine from Ellison. The purchase was made in the 1200 block of 12th Street, which is 1,000 feet from Park High School.

The second purchase for .5 grams of crack cocaine was made between an informant and the defendant March 9, 2017, at an address in the Village of Mount Pleasant. The purchase was made within 1,000 feet of Christ Church Child Care.

The third purchase of 2.3 grams of crack cocaine was made March 16, 2017, at a residence within 1,000 feet of St. Catherine’s High School.

Ellison, who is in custody in the Racine County Jail, is due back in court May 30 for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m.

Prior drug charges filed

Ellison was charged earlier this month with a felony count of possession of marijuana, which carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison after police conducted a “no-knock” search warrant at his Racine residence at 2022 Slauson Ave.

During the search, police found Ellison in a bathroom, where they believed he was trying to flush or did flush controlled substances down the toilet. Police found a baggie with 3.35 grams of marijuana and also seized nearly $600 from the defendant.

Also in May, Ellison was charged with two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of attempting to flee an officer, which carry a total fine of $60,000 and 28 years, six months in prison.

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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.