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UPDATE: After completing drug treatment court on Jan. 29, 2020, Racine County Judge Peg Laufenberg dismissed the possession of cocaine charge against Christopher Dyess. The remaining three charges were also dismissed, but read in.

That means that even though those charges were dismissed, a judge may consider the conduct underlying the charge in determining the sentence in another charge which a person is being convicted of.

According to court records: the “State notes that the defendant was exceptional and court congratulates him.”

ORIGINAL STORY: A rescue call for a drug overdose led to four criminal charges being filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 50-year-old Racine man.

Christopher J. Dyess is charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

The two felonies carry a total fine of $20,000 and seven years in prison, while the misdemeanors carry a total fine of $1,000 and seven months in county jail.
Dyess made his initial court appearance Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint:
Officers were called to a city residence Sunday, where they found the defendant in the first-floor bedroom. Rescue personnel, who administered four doses of Narcan to Dyess, located a glass pipe with chore boy they believed was used to ingest crack cocaine.

During a search of the residence, police found 1.4 grams of cocaine on top of the mirror in the master bathroom, pills that later tested positive for MDMA on a desk, a firearm, a glass pipe that contained 0.2 grams of cocaine and prescription-only pills in a trash can.

Dyess told police he bought $200 worth of crack cocaine that morning. He said he had been smoking crack cocaine for about a month and “probably” put the cocaine on top of the mirror in the bathroom.

He is due back for a preliminary hearing Sept. 6 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.