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The identification of a person wanted in a shooting led to a pair of criminal charges filed against another individual Monday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Donta D. Buckles, 39, Racine, is charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, which carries a fine of $100,000 and 40 years in prison. Buckles also is charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer, which carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint: On Sept. 29, an officer with the Racine Police Department observed the shooting suspect enter a vehicle that headed eastbound on Melvin Avenue. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver, later identified as Buckles, immediately exited and fled with his hands in his pockets.

The defendant was ultimately apprehended at gun point in a driveway. He had $380 in cash in his possession.

During a search of the defendant’s flight path, police, along with a K-9 unit, located in a back yard a large plastic baggie with cocaine and a cell phone in another. Police also found three large plastic baggies with cocaine in a shed and 15 smaller baggies that also contained cocaine.

The cocaine had a total weight of 108 grams and a street value of $10,800.
Court records show the defendant had a conviction in 2000 for two counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine.

Buckles, who made his initial court appearance Monday, will be back for a preliminary hearing Oct. 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.