Racine man faces five drug charges following undercover buys

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Carl D. Pruitt

A 51-year-old Racine man faces five drug-related charges after a confidential informant made a series of undercover purchases from him earlier this summer.

Carl D. Pruitt was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with three felony counts of manufacturing/delivering heroin, one felony count of manufacturing/delivering cocaine and one felony count of maintaining a drug-trafficking place.

If convicted of all charges, Pruitt faces a total fine of $110,000 and 53 years, six months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:
Working with officers in the Racine Metro Drug Unit, a confidential informant met with Pruitt on 11th Street and Washington Avenue in Racine on July 31 and purchased .3 grams of heroin.

On Aug. 2, an informant met with Pruitt at the same location and purchased 0.4 grams of heroin. A third purchase of 0.3 grams of heroin and 0.3 grams of cocaine was made Aug. 15 at Douglas Avenue and Marquette Street.

Pruitt made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Thursday. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing Sept. 19 at 9 a.m.