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A 27-year-old Racine man faces two felony charges after his arrest Tuesday following a traffic stop.

Nicholas J. Folk is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine, both as a repeat offender.

The firearm charge carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison. The cocaine charge carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. Because he’s charged as a repeat offender, an additional four years of prison could be added to each charge.

Court records indicate that Folk has previous convictions for felony possession of drugs, a felon in possession of a firearm and two misdemeanor charges of obstructing and one for battery.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer stopped Folk’s vehicle for driving the wrong way on Marquette Street in Racine. During a search, the officer found a bag with 28.1 grams of cocaine and a loaded .45 caliber Taurus pistol under the driver’s seat.

The defendant stated he found the gun, but didn’t turn it in because he didn’t think he would be believed because of his record.

Folk will be back in Racine County Circuit Court for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing April 26.

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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.