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Two men were charged with felony charges Friday after a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department found drugs, a loaded gun with hollow-point bullets, and drug paraphernalia in their car during a traffic stop.

Donte Brown, 28, of Kenosha, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with:

  • possession with intent to deliver heroin with the use of a dangerous weapon (>10-50 grams)
  • possession with intent to deliver cocaine with the use of a dangerous weapon (>5-15 grams)
  • possession of marijuana
  • possession of drug paraphernalia
  • possession of a firearm by an out of state felon
  • concealing a stolen firearm
  • carrying a concealed weapon
  • maintaining a drug trafficking place

If convicted of all charges, Brown face up to 71 years 10 months in prison and/or fines up to $215,500.

Jeremy Statham, 26, of Waukegan, was charged with possession with intent to sell heroin (>3-10g), repeater (second offense). If convicted of the charge, faces up to 15 years in state prison, a maximum fine of $50,000, or both imprisonment and a fine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop at 12:09 p.m. Thursday on County Trunk Highway G and the East Frontage Road. Brown was driving and Statham was the passenger. When the officer approached the car, he saw a marijuana cigarette on the driver’s seat as Brown got out of the car.

After searching Brown, the officer found a small bag of marijuana, which weighed 1.4 grams, in Brown’s pocket. A bag containing several smaller bags of heroin, which weighed 4.6 grams, was also found in Statham’s shoe.

In the door panel of the car, police found 24 individual bags of crack cocaine weighing 6.6 grams, 41 small bags of heroin weighing 21.6 grams, and a baggie of marijuana weighing 3.4 grams. They also found a digital scale, a loaded semi-automatic that came back stolen out of Kenosha. The bullets were hollow-point bullets.

Brown, who appeared very nervous just prior to the search, told the officer he did not know about the items in the car and that they were not his. A convicted felon, Brown was found guilty of a prior drug offense in Lake County Illinois in 2015 and a burglary charge in 2013.

Statham also has a prior drug offense in the past five years from 2017.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a preliminary hearing for Statham and Brown at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Racine County Courthouse.

This version of the story corrects the law enforcement agency that made the stop, which was the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. Racine County Eye regrets the error.

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.