Danta Buckles

The identification of a person wanted in a shooting led to a felony cocaine charge filed against another individual Monday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Donta D. Buckles, 39, Racine, is charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, which carries a fine of $100,000 and 40 years in prison. Buckles also is charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer, which carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer with the Racine Police Department observed  the shooting suspect enter a vehicle that headed eastbound on Melvin Avenue. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver, later identified as Buckles, immediately exited and fled with his hands in his pockets.

The defendant was ultimately apprehended at gun point in a driveway with $380 in cash in his possession.

During a search of the defendant’s flight path, police, along with a K-9 unit, located a large plastic baggie with cocaine, a cell phone in another, three large plastic baggies with cocaine in a shed and 15 smaller baggies that also contained cocaine.

The cocaine had a total weight of 108 grams and a street value of $10,800.

Court records show the defendant has a previous conviction for two counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine in 2000.

Buckles, who made his initial court appearance Monday, will be back for a preliminary hearing Oct. 10 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 Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.