MADISON, WIS. — Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Claudius Fincher, 21, Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 60 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Fincher pleaded guilty to this charge on February 20, 2018.
The charge against Fincher was the result of an investigation initiated after the heroin overdose death of Victor Spidell. In May 2017, Spidell died from using heroin laced with fentanyl. A Madison Police Department investigation revealed that on the day of his death Spidell contacted a number associated with co-defendant Darnell Brunt. Shortly thereafter, the Dane County Narcotics Task Force made four heroin buys from Fincher and Brunt using an undercover officer. On September 18, 2017, an undercover officer set up another heroin buy and Fincher, along with co-defendant Brunt, were arrested on their way to the buy. Fincher was carrying 17 grams of heroin on his person.
Law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Fincher’s apartment in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and found 149 individual bags of heroin, laced with fentanyl, and a loaded firearm. Fincher’s DNA was on the trigger of the firearm.
United States Attorney Blader expressed his office’s commitment to combatting the opioid crisis by prosecuting heroin dealers who are distributing significant quantities of heroin in the Western District of Wisconsin.
Co-defendant Darnell Brunt was sentenced to nine years in federal prison by Judge Peterson on April 18, 2018.
The charge against Fincher was the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Madison and Sun Prairie Police Departments, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.