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Racine man faces charges after allegedly selling cocaine, fentanyl at Marko's Bar

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RACINE — A Racine man faces charges after allegedly selling cocaine and fentanyl at Marko's Bar, 3001 Douglas Ave.

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Mario Garcia

Garcia

Mario M. Garcia, 40, of the 2200 block of Lawn Street, was charged with four felony counts of bail jumping and felony counts of manufacture/deliver cocaine between 15-40 grams, deliver/distribute fentanyl between 10-50 grams and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

According to a criminal complaint:

On Wednesday, an investigator conducted a controlled buy operation of cocaine from Garcia. The informant bought a bag with cocaine and fentanyl weighing 33.6 grams from Garcia at Marko's Bar.

Officers converged on Marko's Bar to take Garcia into custody.

He was searched and officers found multiple phones and $1,747, indicating he's involved in trafficking larger amounts of drugs.

A search of his vehicle did not find more drugs, but officers believe that Garcia relocated a bag with a large amount of drugs before completing the earlier sale. 

Garcia was given a $25,000 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Friday. A preliminary hearing is on May 19 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records show. 

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Kevin Dubiak, the owner of Doobie’s Beer Joint, located within Elmwood Plaza at 3701 Durand Ave., was before the Public Safety and Licensing Committee on Monday due to a formal expression of concern issued in the wake of a serious car crash involving a driver who had just left the bar. After testimony, the committee members voted to “receive and file” the expression of concern on the condition Dubiak attend a Good Neighbor’s Meeting where he will meet with members of the Racine Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office.

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