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La Crosse Man Sentenced to 90 Months for Possessing Mix of Fentanyl & Heroin for Distribution

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 David Wims, 41, La Crosse, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on May 21 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 months in federal prison for possessing a mixture of fentanyl and heroin for distribution.

The amount of the fentanyl and heroin mixture attributable to Wims was over 70 grams. This is the defendant’s first sentence in federal court, though he has a long history in the state criminal justice system. Judge Conley noted the “disturbing predatory element” of the crime because the defendant elected to sell a substance that he, himself, did not abuse. The judge found it unlikely that Wims was unaware of the heightened dangers of fentanyl-laced drug combinations.

Wims was on community supervision in the Wisconsin state system when he committed the federal crime and Judge Conley ordered the federal sentence to run consecutive to any state sentence that Wims is currently serving.

The charge against Wims was the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper handled the prosecution of the case. 

Updated May 26, 2020