Latin King gang member charged with drug trafficking

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A Racine man known to be a member of the Latin Kings faces 16 criminal charges that could land him in prison for more than 80 years after his arrest Monday in Racine.

Daryl A. Winkler, 41, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with 12 felony counts of bail jumping, two felony counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine, one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and one felony count of intimidation of a witness.

If convicted of all charges, Winkler, who made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Thursday, could be fined $205,000 and be sentenced to 83 years, six months in prison.

Court records indicate the defendant is a documented Latin Kings gang member. He was convicted in federal court in 2011 for conspiracy to deliver crack cocaine and was out on bond in two open cases in Racine County.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers with the Racine County Metro Drug Unit on Monday and Thursday made controlled drug purchases from the defendant with the use of a confidential informant.

The purchase of 0.6 grams of crack cocaine Monday happened in the 1800 block of Roosevelt Ave., which is 857 feet from Hanzel Park. Two days later, the informant purchased 0.5 grams of crack cocaine from the defendant at Coin Laundry, 1001 Blake Ave., Racine.

An agent also reported that, while watching Winkler after the buy, he saw him blow through a red light on State Street at North Memorial Drive in an attempt to “counter surveil the informant.”

The informant stated that Winkler was following him and had questioned him during the buy about the recording device that was used.

When the agent met with the informant, the defendant allegedly tried
to look into the unmarked vehicle where the informant was turning over
the drugs that had been purchased.

Winkler allegedly also located the informant in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center and demanded he go to the informant’s house to view the recording device. Winkler allegedly told the informant if he was working with the police, “that would be nothing good,” which the informant took to mean he would be harmed.


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