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Madison Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin

July 16, 2013

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Gary “Bo” Mays, 49, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to three years in prison for distributing heroin on six occasions.  Mays pleaded guilty to these charges on April 8, 2013.

Between November 2011 and January 2012, Mays distributed heroin to an undercover police officer at different locations in Madison.  On January 7, 2013, law enforcement officers arrested Mays and executed a search warrant at his home where they seized an assault rifle and a handgun.  Subsequent investigation revealed that Mays traded heroin for the assault rifle. 

At sentencing, Judge Conley handed down a higher sentence than called for by the advisory federal sentencing guidelines due to Mays’ criminal history, which includes two convictions for armed robbery, the fact that he sold substantial amounts of heroin, and the fact that his organized drug sales were part of the ever-growing heroin problem in Dane County.

The charges against Mays 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. Attorneys Paul W. Connell and Munish Sharda. 


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