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An undercover drug purchase in May could land a 36-year-old Racine man behind bars for more than 80 years.

Ronnie O. Williams was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with four criminal charges relating to the purchases made May 16 and May 31.

Williams, who is being held in custody on a $50,000 cash bond, is charged with felony counts of manufacturing/delivering heroin, delivery of a schedule I or II narcotics, possession with intent to deliver cocaine with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug
trafficking place.

If convicted of all charges, Williams faces a total fine of $260,000 and 83 years, six months in prison. In addition, Williams is charged as a repeat offender, which could add an additional 20 years to a potential sentence. The cocaine charge also includes an additional
penalty because the alleged offense was committed within 1,000 feet of a school, which could add five more years.

According to the criminal complaint:

A citizen met with Williams in the area of 1717 Taylor Ave. on May 17. Agents observed the defendant arrive in a silver Mercury Mariner. He then got into the citizen’s vehicle, where he was given money in exchange for narcotic drugs.

The citizen turned over 12.7 grams of what later tested positive for the presence of heroin and fentanyl.

Police executed a search warrant May 31 at 1851 Roosevelt Ave., No. 6, which is about 656 feet from Giese Elementary School.

Williams told police he lost his job in March and was “trying to hold up his household.” Police found 136 grams of what later tested positive for crack cocaine in the armrest of Williams’ vehicle.

Williams is due back in court for a preliminary hearing June 13 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.