MADISON, WIS. — – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Darryl Harris, Jr., 35, Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 11 ½ years for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Harris pleaded guilty to this charge on January 17, 2018.
At sentencing, Judge Conley Found that from April 2015 to July 2016, Harris participated in a heroin trafficking conspiracy in the Wausau, Wisconsin area. Harris and his co-conspirators used a cellular telephone facilitating and distributing heroin to calling customers. Specifically, the customers called a cellular telephone number given out by Harris and his co-conspirators, ordered heroin from the person on the other end of the phone, and then conspiracy members delivered the heroin on behalf of the organization. Harris and his co-conspirators were responsible for distributing at least 1 kilogram but less than 3 kilograms of heroin during the conspiracy.
In sentencing Harris to 11 ½ years, Judge Conley stressed the large amount of heroin distributed by Harris and his co-conspirators, the negative impact heroin distribution had on the community, and the defendant’s significant criminal history, which involved violent offenses.
Co-conspirators Alfred Wilson and Kyle Anderson were sentenced to 7 and 2 ½ years respectively.
The charge against Harris was the result of an investigation conducted by Marathon County Special Investigations Unit, Wausau Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.