News Release
Date: April 13, 2012
Contact: Owen Putman
Number: 312-886-2597

Leader of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To 20 Years

April 13 (Madison, WI) – Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and John W. Vaudreuil , United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Joseph P. Loomis, 29, from Holmen, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, to 20 years in federal prison, for conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine and for money laundering. Loomis pleaded guilty to the charges on February 2, 2012.

Loomis was the leader of a drug trafficking organization that distributed between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area from approximately April 2006 to September 2008. He also distributed large quantities of marijuana from 2006 through the spring of 2011. Loomis maintained stash houses and used other individuals to pick up, package, store, and distribute drugs. He also used another individual to collect drug debts. Loomis was under a deferred prosecution agreement and on probation for other state drug charges during some of the time he distributed the drugs in this case.

Loomis laundered drug proceeds through the use of a Netspend stored value card by depositing large sums of cash onto the card and then using the card to purchase items from, among other retailers, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Tiffany. Loomis told a drug associate that he thought the card was "untraceable."

In sentencing Loomis, the Court also determined that he had obstructed justice when he asked an employee of a financial institution to tape over a surveillance tape before giving it to law enforcement, in response to a subpoena.

The charges against Loomis were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Internal Revenue Service; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; La Crosse Police Department; and Onalaska Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen P. Sinnott and Meredith P. Duchemin.

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