Madison Man Sentenced To 10 Years On Cocaine Charge
MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Luis Gonzalez-Lopez, 29, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 10 years in prison for possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. Gonzalez-Lopez pleaded guilty to this charge on April 23, 2013.
On February 13, 2009, Gonzalez-Lopez and Adrian Collins contacted a police informant in Illinois seeking to purchase cocaine and marijuana. When they arrived to purchase the drugs in Beloit, they were surrounded by the police and arrested.
The police searched Gonzalez-Lopez's residence in Madison and recovered over one kilogram of marijuana, about 15 grams of cocaine, a firearm and other evidence that he was involved in the distribution of controlled substances.
Collins was also indicted in the case and is scheduled for trial on August 26, 2013.
Judge Crabb noted that Gonzalez-Lopez chose to put himself and his family at risk by dealing drugs despite the fact that his father and brother both were killed in drug-related murders in 2004 and 2009, respectively. Judge Crabb also ordered that Gonzalez-Lopez's sentence be served after he completes his current Wisconsin state prison term in 2018. As a result, Gonzalez-Lopez will not be released until 2028. The conviction in this case was Gonzalez-Lopez's fifth felony conviction involving drugs and his eighth felony as an adult.
The charges against Gonzalez-Lopez were the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.