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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 5, 2013

La Crosse Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Cocaine & Heroin

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Eugene Shields, 33, La Crosse, Wis., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Madison to distributing cocaine and heroin in the La Crosse area in April 2013. 

Shields was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 24, 2013, on three counts of distributing heroin and cocaine, and one count of possessing cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb scheduled sentencing for February 11, 2014. Shields faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.  Shields’ conviction in this case is his fourth felony drug conviction since 1999, following his prior convictions in Tennessee, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The charges against Shields are the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department, La Crosse County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul W. Connell and Julie S. Pfluger.

Updated July 14, 2015