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Racine man charged with selling over 70 grams of cocaine and fentanyl, allegedly had illegal firearms

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RACINE — A Racine man has been charged with selling more than 70 grams of cocaine and fentanyl and was allegedly found to have illegal firearms.

Andrew Keeran


Andrew J. Keeran, 33, of the 2300 block of St. Clair Street, was charged with five felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, three felony counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, two felony counts of manufacture/deliver between 15-40 grams of cocaine and deliver between 10-50 grams of fentanyl, and felony counts of manufacture/deliver between 5-15 grams of cocaine, deliver less than or equal to 10 grams of fentanyl, possession of short-barreled shotgun or rifle and possession of cocaine.

In Monterey Park, California, the community is dealing with trauma after the mass shooting that happened this weekend. Citizens are left picking up the pieces. About a hundred people gathered in Monterey Park City Hall to remember the 11 who died and nine who were injured in the shooting, which interrupted what was supposed to be a happy Lunar New Year celebration.This weekend turned the American dream into a nightmare of gun violence for one of the organizers of the vigil, Ann Lou. "They need to know that this is not normal. This cannot be normal. It will not be normal," Lou said. "We are American. We are part of this culture. And it just it just affected me to the core. I have never really came, experienced that type of emotions."Even though the suspected shooter took his life, others in the community are still shaken and afraid."To be honest, I am scared to be here. There's a huge part of me that wants to run in the other direction. So what brings me out, first and foremost, is I feel an appalling need to be here to remember and honor all of the lives that were lived," said Christina Kataoka, who attended the vigil. Heart memorials lined the pavement, some with names and others left blank as authorities confirm victims.  Chun-Yen Chen was a regular at Star dance studio where the mass shooting took place, and at Lai Lia, the second dance studio where the suspect was disarmed. She was lucky: she didnt attend any of the dances Saturday night. But she knew two of the victims. "It's very heartbreaking because I know they just do something they feel fun and love and second chance of their life," said Chen. Congresswoman Judy Chu, who served as mayor of the city three times, urged the community to donate to the victims via GoFundMe.   "I know this community is resilient. I know that we can. Get through this. If we work together and we are stronger when we work together," Chu said. The tragedy is bringing the whole community together, not just the Asian Americans who make up a majority in that suburb of Los Angeles. The community is standing united, remembering the people they lost leaving three handwritten words to the victims: "dance in heaven." SEE MORE: Police took 5 hours to warn dance hall shooter was on the run

According to criminal complaints, between Nov. 29 and Jan. 4, a confidential informant working with the Racine Metro Drug Unit met with Keeran to purchase controlled substances, resulting in the informant receiving 70.4 grams of cocaine and fentanyl.

During each interaction, it was reported that Keeran had a shotgun.

Metro Drug Unit agents waited at the 24-hour window of the Racine County Jail on Friday for Keeran to arrive for day reporting.

When Keeran arrived, he was taken into custody, and accompanied agents when they went to search his residence.

The complaint said that Keeran agreed to speak with officers, but did not want the conversation to be recorded.

He reportedly said he had a short-barreled shotgun in the room behind where he was sitting with the agents, and also said they would find cocaine in the basement.

Agents found the firearm, which was loaded, and discovered 0.1 grams of cocaine in the basement.

Keeran was given $52,000 in cash bonds in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, online court records show.


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