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Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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

MADISON, WIS. - A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Two La Crosse Men Charged with Drug Crimes Involving Cocaine & Fentanyl

Louis A. Ray, 46, La Crosse, Wisconsin, is charged with three counts of distributing cocaine and he and Timothy A. Cannon, 35, also of La Crosse, are charged with four counts of distributing fentanyl.  The indictment alleges that two of the counts of distributing fentanyl involved 40 grams or more.  Cannon is also charged with one count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that these offenses occurred between April 19 and July 6, 2023. 

If convicted, Ray and Cannon face a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the two charges alleging the distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl.  They face a maximum of 20 years on each of the other charges.   

The charges against Ray and Cannon are the result of an investigation by the La Crosse Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Anita Marie Boor is handling the prosecution.

Mexican National Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.

Maurillo Mendoza-Vasques, also known as Mauricio Mendoza-Vasquez, 46, a citizen of Mexico found in Arcadia, Wisconsin, is charged with illegally reentering the United States after being removed.  The indictment alleges he was found in the U.S. on July 25, 2023.

If convicted, Mendoza-Vasques faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Stephan is handling the prosecution.

Updated November 8, 2023

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