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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Madison Man Sentenced To 6 Years For Gun & Drug Crimes

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lonnie Whitaker, 38, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to six years in federal prison for distributing heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, and using a firearm in connection with that offense.  Whitaker pleaded guilty to these charges on July 15, 2014.

In January 2014, the Dane County Narcotics Task Force received information that Whitaker was selling drugs out of an apartment in Madison.  Officers executed a search warrant and recovered cocaine, heroin, marijuana, cash and a loaded .40 caliber handgun. 

At the time of this offense, Whitaker was on federal supervision based on a 2007 felony firearm conviction.  In sentencing Whitaker, Judge Crabb said that he should use his time in prison to finally decide which side of the line he wants to live on.

The charges against Whitaker were the result of an investigation conducted by Dane County Narcotics Task Force.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.

Updated July 14, 2015