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A series of confidential drug purchases earlier this year led to a slew of criminal charges –including child neglect — filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against two Racine residents.

Edwin M. Hill, 52, faces eight criminal charges, while Latasha M. Hollie, 40, faces seven by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Hill is charged with four felony counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine, three felony counts of neglecting a child and one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

If convicted of all charges, Hill faces a total fine of $140,000 and 54 years in prison.

Hollie is charged with two felony counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine, three felony counts of neglecting a child and one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

If convicted of all charges, Hollie faces a total fine of $115,000 and 44 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

A confidential informant met with Hill on April 26 at 3025 16th St. Hollie later arrived in a black Ford Expedition and produced two rocks of crack cocaine that were sold to the informant. At the time of the sale, three children were present. The cocaine weighed 0.2 grams.

The residence is 853 feet from Knapp School property.

Two additional purchases were made, on May 3 and another May 17. The May 3 purchase was for 0.3 grams, while the May 17 was for 0.2 grams. At both meetings, the informant told police that children were present.

Both defendants are due back in court for a preliminary hearing June 13 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 Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.