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A 28-year-old Racine man faces two felony charges and two misdemeanors after his arrest March 9 in Caledonia.
Steven M. Smith is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place with the use of a dangerous weapon. Smith is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing an illegally obtained prescription.
If convicted of all charges, he faces a total fine of $36,000 and more than 14 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to a Caledonia residence for a report of possible civil trouble after an anonymous caller stated they heard a “lot of banging and screaming” coming from the upper apartment. Smith told police he had just returned home from the Air Force and had some friends over to celebrate.
Police spoke with a man in the parking lot who was crying, his hair was wet and the left side of his face was “extremely” swollen, along with several scratches on his face and neck. The man said he couldn’t remember what happened. Smith told police the man came at him and another man in the apartment with a knife. Smith admitted he had thrown the man to the ground at least once, and that his brother and another man had choked him at some point.
While police were at the residence, they located a large quantity of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and a handgun. A total of 1,148.2 grams of marijuana and $2,674 were taken from the defendant’s room.
Smith is scheduled to be back in Racine County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing March 22 at 8:30 a.m.
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