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Press Release

Chicago Man Sentenced for Marathon County Heroin Conspiracy

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

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael A. Terrell Jr., 33, Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on April 2 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 6 ½ years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute heroin.   Terrell pleaded guilty to this charge on January 15, 2019.

At sentencing, Judge Conley found that from April 2015 to July 2016, Terrell participated in a heroin trafficking conspiracy in the Wausau, Wisconsin area.  Terrell and his co-conspirators used a cellular telephone facilitating and distributing heroin to calling customers.  Specifically, the customers called a cellular telephone number given out by Terrell and his co-conspirators, ordered heroin from the person on the other end of the phone, and then conspiracy members delivered the heroin on behalf of the organization.  Terrell and his co-conspirators were responsible for distributing at least 700 grams but less than 1 kilogram of heroin during the conspiracy.

In sentencing Terrell to 6 ½ years, Judge Conley stressed the large amount of heroin distributed by Terrell and his co-conspirators and the negative impact the heroin distribution had on the community. 

Co-conspirators Alfred Wilson, Kyle Anderson, and Daryl Harris Jr. were sentenced to 7, 2 ½, and 11 years respectively. 

The charge against Terrell was the result of an investigation conducted by the Marathon County Special Investigations Unit, Wausau Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard. 

Updated April 4, 2019