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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Madison Man Convicted Of Distributing Heroin And Crack Cocaine

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Orlando Larry, 43, Madison, Wis., was convicted today of distributing heroin and crack cocaine, following a two-day jury trial in federal court in Madison.  The jury deliberated for approximately 90 minutes before finding Larry guilty of all nine counts in the indictment. 

Larry was convicted of six counts of distributing heroin, two counts of distributing crack cocaine, and one count of distributing 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  He distributed the drugs during July and August 2013.  He was charged with these crimes in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on October 10, 2013. 

The evidence at trial showed that Larry began selling heroin to an undercover police officer working with the Dane County Narcotics Task Force on July 8, 2013.  By their third meeting -- on July 17 -- the defendant offered to sell crack cocaine and went so far as to give advice to the undercover officer on how to sell heroin and make money doing it.  By the fifth transaction -- on August 2 -- Larry agreed to sell the undercover officer an ounce of crack cocaine, in addition to the heroin. 

Based on his lengthy and violent criminal history, Larry was selected in March 2012 for the Madison Police Department’s Focused Deterrence Reentry Program—a concept developed in late 2010 after discussion and planning among community service groups and law enforcement agencies, including the United States Attorney’s Office in Madison. The program uses a focused deterrence approach--an evidenced-based, crime prevention strategy that identifies those responsible for a large portion of violent crime in the Madison area and seeks to deter them from future crime.  This crime prevention approach has worked in reducing violent crimes in cities throughout the United States.

As part of the program, selected offenders participate in a public “Notification” at the United Way in Madison. A Notification is a community presentation given to the most violent, repeat offenders in the Madison area. During a Notification the offenders are warned that their criminal behavior must cease or severe consequences will follow.  The offenders are also introduced to numerous community service members who offer priority assistance to the offenders and their needs.

During a Notification on March 20, 2012, Larry was offered community services and warned repeatedly by law enforcement officials—including US Attorney Vaudreuil—that Larry’s conduct would be under a spotlight.  He was told that he had a choice to make:  He could change or he could reoffend. Despite these warnings, Larry rejected the assistance of the community service providers and chose to repeatedly deal heroin and crack cocaine.

United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “I promise that at the next Notification the selected offenders will be told that they should either learn a lesson from the prosecution of Orlando Larry or face the same consequences.”

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb scheduled sentencing for August 27, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.  Larry faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the distribution counts, and a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years on the count involving the distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. 

The charges against Larry were the result of an investigation conducted by Dane County Narcotics Task Force, including officers from the Madison Police Department, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by United States Attorney Vaudreuil and Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Oswald.

Updated July 14, 2015