Racine County, WI – An alleged drug dealer has been arrested on felony charges after he offered to pay an undercover informant $500 to murder a Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy.
Kelly Rainey, 55, had previously sued the deputy for allegedly touching his chest “inappropriately” while he was transporting him from one detention center to another in 2017, WITI reported.
An investigation determined that Rainey’s allegations were “unfounded,” and Rainey ultimately “lost” the federal lawsuit, according to the news outlet.
Meanwhile, the Racine County Metro Drug Unit was investigating Rainey for allegedly selling drugs, The Journal Times reported.
An undercover informant who was making controlled purchases from Rainey also provided police with voicemails she had received from him.
“I also need you to do me a favor, and trust me, it’s worth it,” he coaxed in one message, according to The Journal Times. “But I will give you $500 to help me out. Just get rid of this damn pig for me. Damn police department are going to pay.”
On Aug. 14, officers sent the undercover informant to purchase 0.2 grams of cocaine from Rainey.
During the course of the drug transaction, Rainey offered to give the informant a $200 down payment if she would agree to kill the deputy using a gun he said he would obtain for her, The Journal Times reported.
He also agreed to pay her $200 more once the deputy was dead, according to police.
Rainey later gave the informant only a $20 down payment, and told her that he would have a gun for her on Aug. 16.
Racine police officers subsequently pulled Rainey over and placed him under arrest, The Journal Times reported.
“I’m suing the [expletive] out of all y’all,” he yelled as he was being taken into custody, according to police. “I’m an innocent [expletive].”
Rainey also denied having sold narcotics, and said he is “too [expletive] dumb” to carry out such offenses, The Journal Times reported.
He refused to answer questions about attempting to hire someone to murder the deputy, police said.
Investigators seized 28.6 grams of marijuana from his residence during a subsequent search.
Rainey has been charged with manufacture/deliver less than one gram of cocaine, threat to a law enforcement officer, conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, The Journal Times reported.
He was booked into the Racine County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Rainey has been arrested for multiple offenses in the past, including theft, intimidating a victim, uttering a forgery, and substantial battery, The Journal Times reported.