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Robert Hess Damien Flores

Racine County Sheriff’s Deputies say one Caledonia and one Racine man are facing felony drug charges after officers found crack cocaine and marijuana during a traffic stop in the car the pair were driving.

Robert Hess, 24, of Caledonia, and Damien Flores, 34, of Racine, were charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Hess is facing possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver and marijuana possession, which carry a possible combined sentence of up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.

Flores was also charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver and marijuana possession. He is also facing operating with a restricted controlled substance and driving while revoked. If convicted, Flores faces up to 17 years in prison and/or up to $37,850.

According to the criminal complaints, at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, deputies spotted the defendants driving a vehicle that appeared to have tint darker than the legal limit so they initiated a traffic stop. When deputies approached the car to speak to the driver they smelled marijuana and called for a K9 for an open-air sniff.

Officers say the K9 indicated drugs on the front passenger side of the car. A search of the vehicle turned up seven baggies of crack cocaine totaling 2.2 grams, another baggie with 2.4 grams of marijuana, and a burned marijuana cigarette.

During questioning, Hess admitted that he and Flores were smoking marijuana in the car just prior to getting pulled over, but he didn’t know anything about the crack cocaine, the complaint reads. Flores was transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for an evidentiary blood draw.

Both Hess and Flores remain in the Racine County Jail. Hess was assigned a $250 cash bond and Flores was given a $750 cash bond. Both defendants will have their preliminary hearings March 18.

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