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Madison Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Wisconsin

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Keante K. Gunn, 32, Madison, Wisconsin was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 6 years in federal prison for possessing heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  The prison term will be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Gunn pleaded guilty to this charge on May 12, 2022.

On April 16, 19, 22, and 26, 2021, Dane County Narcotics Task Force officers, using a confidential informant and an undercover officer, purchased crack cocaine and heroin laced with fentanyl from Gunn in Madison.

On June 16, 2021, law enforcement officers arrested Gunn and searched his residence in Madison and in Gunn’s bedroom found a bag containing crack cocaine, heroin with fentanyl, and methamphetamine.  In a safe in the same bedroom, officers found a Glock 9mm handgun with two loaded magazines.  Gunn’s DNA was later discovered on one of the loaded magazines.  Later that day, Gunn was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted that the drugs found in his apartment was his drug stash to sell to customers.

Gunn was prohibited from legally possessing a firearm based on multiple prior felony convictions.  During the time of the controlled drug buys and home search, he was on extended supervision for three states cases, two involving convictions for second degree recklessly endangering safety and the other for burglary.  His state supervision was revoked in September of 2021 and he is currently serving a total sentence of 18 months in state prison with an anticipated release date of November 24, 2022.  Judge Conley ordered this federal sentence run concurrently with the remainder of Gunn’s state prison sentence.

At sentencing, Judge Conley explained that Gunn’s combination of dealing dangerous drugs and possessing a firearm posed a substantial danger to the community.  He noted that Gunn had previously served 9 years in state prison on a series of prior cases involving a violent domestic relationship. 

The charge against Gunn was the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, Madison Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Anderson prosecuted this case. 

This case has been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime.  The PSN approach involves collaboration by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.

Updated August 5, 2022

Topic
Project Safe Neighborhoods