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A 33-year-old Racine man wanted on federal drug charges and his involvement with a gang is now off the streets after he turned himself into the authorities.

Erik Ynnocencio turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Milwaukee on Friday without incident, according to a press release by the FBI.

Ynnocencio allegedly belongs to a street gang called the Maniac Latin Disciples.

Justin Tolomeo, special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division for the FBI, said during a press conference held Thursday afternoon that the drug raid took place early Thursday morning. The warrants were the end product of a year-long investigation with the Southeastern Wisconsin Gang Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional agency.

The operation seized three handguns, more than 80 pounds of marijuana and cocaine along with methamphetamine pills, body armor, ammunition, $85,000 in U.S. currency.

In a press release issued Friday afternoon, the FBI reported that 22 people were arrested on federal charges Thursday morning during the raid after law enforcement served 14 search warrants in Racine and Kenosha counties, and northern Illinois. But they were still searching for two men: Ynnocencio and Fabian Melendez, 30, of Waukegan, Ill.

The operation seized three handguns, more than 80 pounds of marijuana and cocaine along with methamphetamine pills, body armor, ammunition, $85,000 in U.S. currency.

Several other people are expected to be charged at the state level. The total number of people arrested on state and federal charges is 28.

 

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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.