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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Milwaukee Man Found Guilty of Heroin Conspiracy

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Hurley C. Jackson, 34, Milwaukee, was found guilty today of participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. The jury reached its verdict after six hours of deliberation following a four-day trial in federal court in Madison.


The jury found that Jackson participated in a conspiracy to obtain heroin in Milwaukee and Chicago that was transported to central Wisconsin for distribution. The conspiracy, which operated from 2013 to 2015, involved the distribution of 1,000 grams or more of heroin. In addition to the conspiracy charge, Jackson was convicted of possessing heroin with intent to distribute, and distributing heroin.


U.S. District Judge William M. Conley scheduled sentencing for April 5, 2017. Given Jackson’s two prior felony drug convictions, combined with the amount of heroin involved in the conspiracy, Jackson faces a minimum mandatory of twenty years in prison and maximum penalty of life in prison.


In the past year, eight other defendants have been sentenced by Judge Conley in connection with their roles in this heroin distribution scheme in Portage, Wood, and Marathon Counties. These other individuals and their sentences are:

  1. Charles Hall – 156 months;
  2. Cody Thompson - 30 months;
  3. Megan Pray Genett - 24 months;
  4. Marguerite Tompkins - 60 months;
  5. Kristy Dietel - 36 months;
  6. Tiffany A. Bell - 138 months;
  7. Gregory D. Richardson - 120 months; and
  8. Hannah J. Hovick - 30 months.

Two other individuals have pled guilty to federal charges related to their roles in this heroin conspiracy. Terrance D. Jackson, 30, will be sentenced on March 1, and Dewight S. Williams, 37, both of Milwaukee, will be sentenced on April 4. Terrance D. Jackson, Hurley C. Jackson, and Charles Hall are brothers.


These convictions are the result of a long-term investigation by the Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force and Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of these individuals has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy O’Shea and David Reinhard.


Drug Trafficking
Updated January 26, 2017