A man was convicted on the charge of aiding and abetting in an attempt to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. The defendant, along with his brother, had been the subject of an investigation conducted by several cooperating agencies, which resulted in the drug distribution charge. Following the conviction, he was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison.
Evidence presented at the July 24 trial revealed that the defendant's brother wished to purchase of five kilograms of cocaine and arranged a meeting with a confidential source and an undercover officer. At the meeting, the brother stated that he could raise $24,000 to buy one kilogram of cocaine. The brother was shown what he thought to be five kilograms of cocaine and went away to collect the funds. Later on the same day, the brother met with the defendant and they went together to meet with the undercover officer and showed the officer $24,000 for the purchase.
The defendant was convicted in federal court in Madison on Sep. 10 after a one-day jury trial. On Oct. 17, 2012, the defendant's brother had pleaded guilty to attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. On Dec. 18, 2012, he received a sentence of 78 months in federal prison. The investigation had been conducted by several cooperating agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Line Area Narcotics Team, Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
As this story illustrates, a conviction for drug distribution charges may result in a lengthy prison sentence. A criminal defense attorney could work with a defendant in order to reduce the penalties or charges. The attorney may be able to present a defense in court, or negotiate with the prosecution for a plea agreement.
Source: WIFR, "Clinton Man Sentenced for Drug Charges", November 27, 2013