Felony Drug Charges
Posted on 10/28/2022
Date: October 28, 2022
Case: Felony Drug Charges
Authority: Lieutenant of Detectives Tim Kemps

Kerontae Pickens, a twenty-four-year-old City of Milwaukee man was charged in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday, October 27, 2022 with twelve felony counts for selling cocaine and fentanyl to undercover officers on three separate occasions since September of this year.

Pickens was convicted in 2019 in Milwaukee County for Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine. In October 2020, Pickens was convicted in Waukesha County for the Manufacturing/Delivery of Heroin and Cocaine. Pickens was also convicted in Milwaukee County in 2019 for felony eluding after being in a high-speed pursuit with police. On October 9, 2020, he was sentenced to four and a half years of initial confinement in the Waukesha County case. Pickens served less than two years of the four and half year sentence and was released to extended supervision on July 5, 2022, after completing substance abuse programming under the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Earned Release Program.

Just over two months after being released Pickens allegedly sold fentanyl and cocaine to an undercover deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. Pickens allegedly sold fentanyl and cocaine to the same undercover deputy on two more separate occasions in the Village of Germantown. The last deal took place on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. In total, the undercover deputy purchased around 6 grams of fentanyl and around 5 grams of cocaine.

Pickens and his passenger, who has not been charged at this time, were driving away from the location of the final deal when they were stopped by task force members and taken into custody without incident. Pickens was found to have an additional 5.7 grams of fentanyl, 7.1 grams of cocaine, multiple cell phones, and a large amount of U.S. currency. The vehicle they were driving was later reported as stolen in the City of Milwaukee.

Fentanyl continues to be a major concern in our community and a priority target of our multi-jurisdictional drug task force and all public safety officers in the county. Sheriff Martin Schulteis said, “I appreciate law enforcement's diligent effort to interdict these dangerous drugs and it becomes frustrating to all of us when we see repeat offenders who should be incarcerated continue to bring this poison into our county.” Pickens remains in custody at the Washington County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond and a probation hold.