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A traffic stop for speeding March 10 in Racine led to a felony charge of possession of marijuana for a 26-year-old Racine man.

Tonyo A. Burton, 1006 Albert St., faces a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison if convicted.

Because the alleged offense occurred within 1,000 feet of the Racine County Jail, Burton faces an additional prison sentence of five years. He’s also charged as a repeat offender, which could add four years to any potential sentence.

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According to the criminal complaint:

A deputy clocked Burton’s vehicle traveling 52 mph in a posted 30 zone southbound on Oakes Road, just south of 16th St. When the officer approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of marijuana.
Burton told police the passenger he had just dropped off had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle, according to the complaint.

A search of the vehicle revealed a small black digital scale in the side pocket of the driver’s door, along with marijuana that later weighed .4 grams.

During a search at the jail, a large plastic bag of marijuana that weighed 28.2 grams was recovered as well.

Burton is scheduled to return to Racine County Circuit Court March 21 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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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.