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Milwaukee Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Heroin and Firearm Offenses

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

Acting U.S. Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on September 21, 2021, Leroy Spinks (age: 34), of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced to a total of nine years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute over 70 grams of heroin and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug crime.

According to court records, Ashwaubenon Public Safety Officers were sent to a local hotel in response to a disturbance within one of the rooms. Officers determined that Leroy Spinks was one of the parties involved and located him in a car leaving the hotel parking lot. Upon searching the driver’s seat area and center console, officers located a large bag containing two separate baggies holding 22.2 and 50.4 grams of heroin as well as a loaded 24-round magazine. Officers located a loaded (10 rounds) black Glock 30 .45 caliber handgun under the drivers’ seat. Additional paraphernalia indicative of drug distribution was found in the car’s trunk.  Spinks later entered guilty pleas to two federal offenses related to his conduct.

In pronouncing sentence, Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach noted the serious nature of Spinks’ offense, his criminal history, and the fact that at the time of the above offenses, Spinks was serving a term of federal supervision following his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Griesbach also emphasized the need to send a strong message of deterrence to Spinks and anyone else who might attempt to distribute drugs in Northeast Wisconsin.  The judge ordered Spinks’ incarceration in federal prison for a term of nine years to be followed by six years of supervised release.  

The case was investigated by the Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department, Green Bay Police Department, and Brown County Drug Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William J. Roach.

For Additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales 414-297-1700

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Updated September 21, 2021