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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Monday, November 4, 2013

Former Lodi Resident Sentenced For Heroin Conspiracy

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Anthony Carriola, 30, formerly of Lodi, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to four years in prison for  conspiring to possess and distribute heroin.  Carriola pleaded guilty to this charge on September 4, 2013.

Carriola was previously sentenced on July 23, 2012, by Judge Conley to a 144- month prison term for committing two armed pharmacy robberies.  Carriola was serving his term of imprisonment at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin, Ill., when he entered into a conspiracy with fellow inmate Martin Corona Valenzuela, 50, a citizen of Mexico, to possess and distribute heroin.

Corona-Valenzuela had some of his family members obtain heroin and Carriola persuaded his cousin, co-defendant Alexander Villafranco, Madison, to take possession of the heroin and sell it.  Villafranco was to send the proceeds of the heroin sales to an address in Mexico, as well as to Carriola at FCI-Pekin. 

Both Carriola and Corona-Valenzuela used the phones at FCI-Pekin to make these arrangements.  As inmates, they are warned that all telephone calls are recorded and monitored, but they ignored the warnings, and FCI-Pekin staff members were listening to the calls.

Approximately 65 grams of black tar heroin were shipped to Villafranco in Madison.  Before he could sell it, the staff at FCI-Pekin contacted the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force.  Task force members were able to retrieve the heroin from Villafranco’s apartment on February 6, 2013.

Villafranco’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 7 and Corona-Valenzuela’s sentencing is November 12.

Judge Conley ordered Carriola’s four-year prison term to run consecutively to the remainder of his 144-month sentence for the armed pharmacy robberies.

The charge against Carriola was the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Madison Police Department, and the Bureau of Prisons. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow. 

Updated July 14, 2015