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The conclusion of a three-year drug investigation led to a search warrant Oct. 5 and 17 felony charges being filed Monday against a 30-year-old Racine man.

Javonte R. Hunter was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with felony counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and maintaining a drug-trafficking place, along with 14 felony bail-jumping charges and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

The felony drug-related charges carry a total fine of $85,000 and 29 years in prison. The bail-jumping charges carry a total fine of $140,000 and 84 years in prison. The misdemeanor carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
Investigators with the Racine Police Department began a case against Hunter in October 2015. They believed that he and his associates were responsible for distributing large amounts of cocaine in and around Racine.

Police executed a search warrant at 1419 Geneva St., and as they entered, the defendant fled to the back of the residence before he was forcibly detained. During the search, police found $40 in cash in Hunter’s possession, along with a plastic baggie that contained 20 smaller bags with 7.8 grams of crack cocaine.

Two cell phones also were recovered, and while the warrant was being executed, several text messages and phone calls were received by people police believed were looking to make a drug purchase.

Four days before the search warrant, a confidential informant purchased 1.3 grams of cocaine from another man on behalf of Hunter. That man was found to have more than 36 grams of marijuana in his possession when police executed the warrant. He has yet to be charged, so he is not being named.

Hunter, who made his initial court appearance Monday, currently is on bond in two separate cases and faces 40 different counts in those cases.

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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.