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A rescue call for a drug overdose led to four criminal charges being filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 50-year-old Racine man.

Christopher J. Dyess is charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

The two felonies carry a total fine of $20,000 and seven years in prison, while the misdemeanors carry a total fine of $1,000 and seven months in county jail.
Dyess made his initial court appearance Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint:
Officers were called to a city residence Sunday, where they found the defendant in the first-floor bedroom. Rescue personnel, who administered four doses of Narcan to Dyess, located a glass pipe with chore boy they believed was used to ingest crack cocaine.

During a search of the residence, police found 1.4 grams of cocaine on top of the mirror in the master bathroom, pills that later tested positive for MDMA on a desk, a firearm, a glass pipe that contained 0.2 grams of cocaine and prescription-only pills in a trash can.

Dyess told police he bought $200 worth of crack cocaine that morning. He said he had been smoking crack cocaine for about a month and “probably” put the cocaine on top of the mirror in the bathroom.

He is due back for a preliminary hearing Sept. 6 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, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.