Two men were charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and a number of other drug-related charges after law enforcement officials — including the SWAT Team — raided the home.

Quinton Smith, 39, and Sheldon Higgenbottom, 37, were arrested at 6 a.m. on Tuesday at Smith’s residence, 1232 Cherry Street.

Agents from the Racine County Metro Drug Unit, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T, and K-9 officer executed a search warrant and found that Smith was selling cocaine and marijuana from the home. They found 8.6 grams of cocaine, 517 grams marijuana, various pills, drug paraphernalia, a loaded handgun, 40 live rounds, a shotgun, many cell phones and US currency.

Smith, who is on probation for federal charges for guns and drugs, lived at the residence with Higgenbottom, who is his cousin. Smith told investigators that while he has a job, but he has been sick and wasn’t working. He was using the funds from the drug sales to “supplement his income.”

The two also lived with a family that included a mom, dad and three children. They were near homeless, so Smith took them in, according to a source close to the investigation. The Racine County Human Services Department(HSD) was involved under the drug endangered children protocol.

The father told police he was trying to find another place to live because he wasn’t comfortable with living with Higgenbottom and Smith, and was searching for another place to live.

Smith and Higgenbottom were charged with:

  • Possession of cocaine with intent to deliver (PTAC)
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver(PTAC)
  • Maintaining a drug trafficking place
  • Three counts of recklessly endangering safety
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Probation violation warrant

If convicted of all charges, Higgenbottom faces up to 79 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $150,000. Smith also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. If he’s convicted on all charges, Smith faces up to 73 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $175,000.

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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.