Drugs, gun, QUEST cards

Authorities reportedly seized heroin, fentanyl, a loaded gun and two QUEST cards — all shown in this image — from the residence of Willie A. Liggins, in the 1000 block of Pearl Street in Racine.

RACINE — A Racine man previously convicted of selling heroin to a woman who later died of an overdose is facing new charges for allegedly selling heroin containing fentanyl.

Willie A. Liggins, 57, of the 1000 block of Pearl Street, is charged with five counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, three counts of delivering heroin and three counts of delivering schedule I or II narcotics — all felonies.

According to the criminal complaint and a Racine County Sheriff’s Office news release:

The Racine County Metro Drug unit made several controlled heroin buys from Liggins, beginning on May 1.

Some of the drug samples purchased by a confidential informant tested positive for fentanyl.

At 6:38 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Liggins’ residence. They reportedly found 5.1 grams of fentanyl, 2.9 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun.

The Sheriff’s Office news release highlighted the fact that during the search warrant, two QUEST cards were found in Liggins’ and his wife’s name.

“I find it appalling to think drug dealers are being supported by us while starting the next round of addictions,” Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said. “The unfortunate part of reforming this is kids will suffer as a result. There needs to be better state oversight, when you have career criminals cashing in on free meals while they’re profiting from an epidemic.”

After Liggins was taken into custody at the Racine County Jail, officers reportedly found another 0.6 grams of heroin he was attempting to hide from authorities.

Liggins was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2007 after a Cudahy woman died of a heroin overdose. He later pleaded guilty and subsequently sued the United States, claiming he was given ineffective counsel.

He is still on federal probation from that case, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

As of Friday afternoon, Liggins remained in custody at the County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond, online records show. A preliminary hearing is set for May 30 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.

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Jonathon Sadowski covers the villages of Union Grove and Yorkville, the Town of Dover, arts, entertainment and odds and ends for The Journal Times.

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