Headed to Port for alleged drug deal, man ends up handcuffed in Grafton

Traffic stop leads to gun charges against four-time felon from Milwaukee

Anthony Alexander
Ozaukee Press staff

A four-time felon from Milwaukee who was allegedly on his way to Port Washington to sell drugs last week instead wound up in Grafton, then in handcuffs after police found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the car he was riding in.

Anthony B. Alexander Jr., 33, is charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Alexander, who was convicted in Milwaukee County of the same crime in 2015, is charged in Ozaukee County as a repeat offender, which means he would face additional time in prison if convicted. 

Also charged in connection with what began as a traffic stop in Grafton is Anya Y. Raymond, 24, of Milwaukee, who was driving the car. She faces one count of obstructing an officer after she lied about her identity, according to the criminal complaint.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, after apparently  exiting I-43 prematurely, Raymond wound up driving west on Highway 60 in Grafton when an officer noticed the car she was driving was registered to an owner whose driver’s license had been revoked and pulled her over near the I-43 off ramp.

Raymond told the officer that her name was Racquel Higgins, but she had trouble spelling the name. Then the officer smelled marijuana and the Cedarburg Police Department’s dog was called to the scene, the complaint states.

After the dog indicated there were drugs in the car, police searched it and found the .45 caliber handgun loaded with a full magazine of ammunition under the passenger seat where Alexander had been sitting, according to the complaint.

Raymond told officers that Alexander, who was wanted on an arrest warrant at the time, asked her to drive him to Port Washington after he received a phone call from someone who wanted to buy drugs. She said that when Alexander got in the car, he took the gun out of his waistband and put it under the seat, the complaint states.

 Also found in the car were oxycodone and Adderall pills, a grinder containing marijuana residue and a machete that was partially tucked under the driver’s seat.

 In the center console of the car, officers found a bundle of $100 bills that were labeled with Chinese writing. The officer who found them knew of a recent report of counterfeit money being labeled in such a way and noticed that the serial numbers on all 11 bills were the same, according to the complaint.

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set Alexander’s bail at $25,000 and ordered him not possess guns or have contact with Raymond if released.

Possession of a firearm by a felon is punishable by a maximum five years in prison and five years of extended supervision, but because Alexander is charged as a repeat offender, he would face a minimum three years and as many as nine years in prison if convicted.

Raymond was released from custody in lieu of a $1,000 signature bond.


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