Racine police say a 48-year-old man was sold cocaine to a police informant on several occasions in the bathroom next to a multi-purpose pre-school room.
James Ballentine, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with four felony
According to the criminal complaint, officers set up controlled cocaine buys from Ballentine using a confidential informant on Feb. 15, Feb, 27 and April 4. The Feb. 15 and April 4 transactions took place in the bathroom next to a pre-school multi-purpose room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.
Police say their informant told them Ballentine retrieved the packets of cocaine from under a sink in the bathroom before exchanging it for money.
A search of Ballentine’s home on April 12 turned up quantities of marijuana hidden inside a child’s snowsuit, the complaint reads, and a subsequent search of the bathroom at the King Center yielded a packet of cocaine hidden under a sink.
Ballentine remains in the Racine County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. He will next be in court April 21 for his preliminary hearing.
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