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

Thursday, April 4, 2013

La Crosse Man Sentenced To 12 Years On Crack Cocaine Charge

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Allen Smith, 31, La Crosse, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 12 years in prison for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

In 2011, law enforcement officers in La Crosse and Vernon Counties used an informant to buy crack cocaine and also set up a hidden camera in an apartment to secretly record Smith as he operated his drug trafficking operation. Smith was arrested in September 2011 and pleaded guilty on January 9, 2013.

At sentencing, Judge Conley noted that Smith has been arrested 43 times and amassed 19 convictions, including three felony drug convictions, fathered seven children with six different women, owed nearly $19,000 in unpaid child support, did not complete high school or complete a G.E.D. program, and has never held any kind of job. In arriving at his sentence, Judge Conley also noted that Smith had allowed immaturity and impulsiveness to control his life and used different women to support his lifestyle and drug habit.

The charge against Smith were the result of an investigation conducted by the Vernon County Sheriff's Department and La Crosse Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul W. Connell and Munish Sharda.

Updated July 14, 2015