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Federal drug charges could result in 10-year prison sentence

Criminal convictions can come with very serious penalties; drug charge convictions are no different. Recently, a Wisconsin Rapids man pled guilty to federal drug charges of crack cocaine possession and distribution.

He was arrested along with his brother and three others last December on drug trafficking charges in several Wisconsin counties. The arrests were a result of a federal undercover investigation that went back as far as fall of 2006.

According to court statements, undercover agents developed a relationship with the man who unknowingly told authorities that he purchased bricks of crack cocaine from an unnamed source and bragged that he made as many as 30 drug deals in a day. Controlled crack cocaine buys were arranged by federal authorities; the drugs were then delivered to undercover agents by either the man or one of his co-defendants.

Authorities received more information when the man's brother, a Milwaukee resident, was arrested in 2008 during a traffic stop. A passenger in the vehicle told police that he had been buying drugs from the Milwaukee man's brother for two years.

There have also been reports from other customers, detailing purchase amounts and quantities made from the co-defendants between 2006 and 2009. One customer told authorities that he had used up an inheritance to buy drugs from the alleged drug ring.

The defendant's attorney said he would review the drug quantities his client is accused of dealing. If the government can prove the alleged drug conspirators distributed at least 9.8 ounces or 280 grams of crack cocaine, the man could spend the next 10 years serving a prison sentence.

Source: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune online, "Man pleads to drug charges," Kevin Murphy, 06 May 2011

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