Racine police say a 53-year-old man who is known as a cocaine and heroin dealer is back behind bars but refuses to go to court for his initial appearance.

Glenter Banks, of Racine, was scheduled to officially face charges Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court of one felony count each of cocaine possession and heroin possession, both the intent to distribute as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to 22-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $50,500 in fines. Because Banks is considered a repeat offender, he could get extra time added to any sentence he might receive.

According to the criminal complaint, officers Tuesday initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot of a business in the 1500 block of Sixth Street based on a tip that Banks was actively involved in drug sales. Banks was a passenger in the car, and police saw him leaning forward so they searched the floor mats and discovered two baggies, one each containing cocaine and heroin residue.

Police say they also found a plastic grocery store bag with several syringes and a blue, rubber band that could be used as a tourniquet. Banks also had $229 in cash on him, and text messages on his phone indicated he was arranging drug sales.

Banks remains in the Racine County Jail, but he was not in court Wednesday for his initial appearance because he refused to appear, according to online court records. His appearance was rescheduled for Thursday, but was a no-show again.

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