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Chicago Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Cocaine Conspiracy

June 14, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Deward Johnson, 31, Chicago, was sentenced today by Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 20 years in prison following his conviction for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

Between December 2009 and December 10, 2010, Johnson and his co-conspirators, Anthony Dawson and Romaill Cox, transported cocaine from Chicago to Wausau, where they re-sold it or had others sell it on their behalf. Johnson and his co-conspirators also manufactured the powder cocaine into crack cocaine after transporting it to Wausau.

Cox is presently serving an eight-year prison term for his role in the conspiracy and Dawson is serving a 41-month prison term for his role.

Judge Crabb noted that Johnson deserved a lengthy prison sentence based on his activity as the leader of the conspiracy, the large quantity of drugs involved, and his lengthy criminal history, which includes three prior felonies for serious drug offenses in Illinois and Minnesota. Judge Crabb also stated that Johnson presented a serious danger to the community and noted that Johnson failed to support any of his four children which he fathered with three different women.

The charges against all of the defendants are the result of an investigation conducted by the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, Special Investigations Unit. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.


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