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Sheboygan Man Indicted in Federal Court with Sex Trafficking and Distribution of Heroin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2013

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that a federal grand jury has indicted Jason B. Guidry, (age: 31) of Sheboygan on multiple counts of drug and sex trafficking crimes.  Guidry was initially indicted on January 18, 2013 and charged with a number of drug offenses including: Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of Heroin, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.

On March 19, 2013, in a superseding indictment, Guidry was again charged with the original drug crimes and the following sex trafficking crimes:  Counts 2, 3, 4 and 9 of indictment charge Guidry with Sex Trafficking through Use of Force, Fraud or Coercion, involving four separate victims, and Counts 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12 of the indictment charge Guidry with Interstate Transportation for the Purpose of Prostitution.  The superseding indictment also charges Guidry with Distribution of Heroin Causing Serious Bodily Harm, a crime that carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.  If convicted of the below charges Guidry will face the following penalties.

Count
Charge
Penalty

1

Conspiracy to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and 28 grams of crack in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846

5 - 40 years imprisonment; $4,000,000 fine.

2,3,4 & 9

Sex Trafficking Through Use of Force, Fraud,   or Coercion in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591

15 years to life imprisonment; $250,000 fine.

5-8, 10, & 12

Interstate Travel for the Purpose of Prostitution in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2421

10 years imprisonment; $250,000 fine.

11

Distribution of Heroin Causing Serious Bodily Harm in violation of  21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(C)

Life imprisonment; $2,000,000 fine.

13

Distribution of Heroin  in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(C)

30 years imprisonment; $1,000,000 fine.

14-16

Possession with intent to Distribute Heroin, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, and Marijuana in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841

30 years imprisonment; $1,000,000 fine.

The indictment alleges that beginning in March 2012, Guidry conspired with others to distribute and did distribute controlled substances, including heroin, crack cocaine, and powder cocaine.  The indictment also alleges that Guidry recruited four women into the sex trade and, on multiple occasions, transported several of them to Illinois and other cities in Wisconsin to engage in commercial sex acts. 

Public information filed in Sheboygan Circuit Court alleges that once Guidry hooked female customers on his heroin, he made the drug available to them so as to induce them into prostituting for him.  Once they were addicted to his heroin, Guidry was able to coerce these women to continuing prostituting for him under threat that he would no longer provide them with heroin.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Sheboygan Police Department.   The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorneys Melvin K. Washington and Joseph R. Wall.                     

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.      

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