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Madison Man Sentenced to 188 months for distributing heroin

July 20, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Dwayne Johnson, 36, previously of Madison, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 15 years, 8 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Johnson pleaded guilty to this charge on May 10, 2011.

According to the evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, between 2008 and 2010, Johnson frequently traveled to Chicago, returning to Dane County with heroin for redistribution. The government argued at sentencing that Johnson's relevant conduct involved approximately 1 kilogram of heroin, which equates to between 5,000 - 6,000 dosage units for heroin users. In addition, the evidence showed that Johnson led an organization that utilized runners who traveled to Chicago and also made deliveries for him in the Madison area. There was also evidence that Johnson frequently carried a firearm for protection. In sentencing Johnson, Judge Crabb took into consideration Johnson's extensive criminal history including his first drug arrest when he was 18 years old.

The charges against Johnson were the result of an investigation conducted by the Deforest Police Department, Madison Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey M. Anderson.



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