A search warrant executed Sept. 14 at a Racine residence led to five criminal charges – including drug trafficking – being filed Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 34-year-old Racine man.

Warren A. Wheeler is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and maintaining a drug-trafficking place, along with four misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and one of obstructing an officer.

The felony charges carry a total fine of $45,000 and 19 years, six months in prison, while the misdemeanors carry a total fine of $50,000 and 45 months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
Officers with the Racine Police Department and SWAT executed a search warrant at 801 Jackson St. As they entered the home, the defendant fled in a southbound direction.

During the search, police located a bag with 20.2 grams of marijuana and a bag that contained 2.9 grams of crack cocaine. The residence was fortified for protection and had delayed entry “Chicago-style” metal doors, a deadbolt with interior locks, a 2×4 reinforcement and large U-shaped metal brackets, which they believed indicated it was used to store and distribute controlled substances.

During the raid, Wheeler exited the bathroom as they made the entrance, and they noticed that the toilet was refilling with water, which they believed meant he had destroyed controlled substances. Wheeler had $120 in smaller bills in his pants pocket, which police believed were amounts indicative of street-level sales for both marijuana and crack cocaine.

Court records indicate that Wheeler has a pending case for domestic battery and domestic disorderly conduct, and as a condition of his signature bond, was ordered not to commit any new offenses, which led to the bail-jumping charges.

Wheeler made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.