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Madison Man Sentenced to 130 Months on Heroin Charge

February 23, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Phillip T. Thomas, 22, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 130 months in prison for conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute. Thomas pleaded guilty to this charge on December 16, 2011.

On November 24, 2010, law enforcement officers searched Thomas' car and found a quantity of heroin packaged for distribution, which caused a federal investigation of Thomas to ensue.

Law enforcement agents determined that Thomas was a significant heroin dealer in the Madison area. Specifically, Thomas recruited numerous individuals to pick up heroin from Chicago, store heroin at their homes, and sell heroin for him. On October 4, 2011, Thomas was pulled over by agents after returning from Chicago. Agents determined that Thomas' vehicle and another vehicle were driving together from Chicago. A large quantity of heroin was found in the other vehicle. During questioning by law enforcement agents, Thomas admitted that the heroin found in the other vehicle belonged to him and that he was a heroin dealer.

At sentencing, Judge Conley determined that Thomas' relevant drug conduct involved at least 400 grams, but less than 700 grams of heroin. Judge Conley said that Thomas' lengthy sentence resulted from his long history of criminal activity and
his leadership role in trafficking heroin in the Madison area.

The charges against Thomas were the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.


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