Marijuana, Guns Found In Racine Federal Warrant Arrest: Sheriff

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RACINE, WI — Federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested a 36-year-old man on the morning of Feb. 17 at a home in Racine in connection with a warrant for possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, according to a news release from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service accompanied local law enforcement from the Racine County Metro Drug Unit to search the man’s home on 2000 Blaine Avenue. Steven E. Avila, who the warrant was issued for, was arrested after the sheriff’s office said law enforcement found marijuana, cocaine, money and guns at the residence.

Leading up to the search, agents had surveilled the home, which the sheriff’s office says confirmed drug activity and the presence of Avila.

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Law enforcement found nearly 500 grams of marijuana, cocaine, a digital scale, hundreds of baggies with missing corners, two quest cards, two cell phones, $3,319, a loaded .45 caliber hand gun, a .22 caliber revolver, two shotguns and ammunition, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Avila was brought to a federal holding facility after his arrest. The Racine County Metro Drug Unit will refer the following charges to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Racine Sheriff’s Office said:

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• Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as a repeat drug offender.

• Possession of cocaine, as a repeat drug offender.

• Keeper of a drug place, as a repeat drug offender.

• Possession of firearm by a felon (four counts).

• Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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