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Chicago Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Heroin Conspiracy in Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

James L. Santelle, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on June 3, 2014, Lamarcus J. Cargill (age: 27) of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Cargill had previously entered a guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Cargill was recruited to come to the Fox Valley area by his brother-in-law and co-conspirator, Sherman M. Threets, to act as the “muscle” in Threets’ heroin distribution business. In this role, Cargill was expected to collect drug debts, deliver heroin, and on one occasion, commit the arson of a vehicle of an individual who owed the drug conspiracy money.      

In pronouncing sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the devastating effect that heroin has had throughout northeast Wisconsin, as well as the highly dangerous nature of the arson carried out by Cargill in his attempt to collect on a drug debt.  Chief Judge Griesbach concluded that a “just result” could only be achieved through a considerable prison sentence.  In addition to the prison sentence, Cargill was ordered to spend an additional 72 months on Supervised Release.

The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and the Oshkosh Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

Updated January 29, 2015