Undercover drug operation nets felony charges for Racine man

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A 28-year-old Racine man faces 10 felony charges after a number of undercover drug purchases that began late in 2017.

Damon M. Rodriguez is charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with six felony counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine, three felony counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

If convicted of all the charges, Rodriguez faces fines up to $210,000 and up to 93 years six months in prison. Rodriguez was due back in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon on a return from a warrant/initial appearance.

According to the criminal complaint:

A confidential informant made crack cocaine purchases from Rodriguez on Dec. 19, 2017; and Jan. 9 and 12Feb. 7, April 10 and May 4. The total weight of the cocaine that was purchased was 1 gram.

On three occasions, police observed a small child in the back seat of the vehicle where the drug transaction was taking place.

Rodriguez told police he was selling the cocaine for financial reasons. He further stated he sold about 2 grams a week and had begun selling in December 2017.

Rodriguez is being held on a $7,500 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. May 23 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.


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