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Three Racine men were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday after deputies found over 400 grams of marijuana and cocaine in their car.

Thomas Flanagan III, 55, was charged with possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana (greater than 200 grams but less than 1,000 grams) and bail jumping. If convicted of both charges, Flanagan III faces up to six years, nine months in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

Jovahnte Lewis, 22, was charged with possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana (greater than 200 grams but less than 1,000 grams) use of a dangerous weapon, possession of cocaine, and carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted of all three charges, Lewis faces up to

Dorice Watkins, 20, was charged with possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana (greater than 200 grams but less than 1,000 grams). If convicted of the charge, Watkins faces up to six years in prison and/or fines up to $10,000.

All three men are being held on a $500 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department received a reckless driving complaint on April 5 on Interstate 94. When the deputy confronted the driver, Thomas Flanagan, the deputy smelled marijuana.

Watkins and Lewis were passengers in the car.

Lewis was handcuffed and then searched. He had a bag of marijuana that weighed 8.7 grams and a loaded H&K USP Compact .45 automatic firearm. He also had a black case that had a $5 bill, two clear plastic bags that contained 4.8 grams of cocaine.

Watkins had 27 grams of marijuana in the front pouch of his hoodie, a black bag containing 477 grams of marijuana.

Watkins told the deputy that he didn’t know about the marijuana when he got in the car. It had fallen out of the car, “so he picked it up and put in his pocket, but that it was not his,” the complaint reads.

A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. April 18 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.


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