Chicago man sentenced to three years of prison for trafficking heroin-fentanyl substances in Madison area
MADISON, Wis. – Robert J. Bell, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago Field Division, and Scott C. Blader, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Corey D. Douglas, 28, of Chicago was sentenced Thursday, August 29 by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to three years of federal prison for conspiring to distribute fentanyl-laced heroin in the Madison area during May through November of 2018. Douglas pleaded guilty to this charge on June 5, 2019.
Douglas was arrested by Dane County Narcotics Task Force officers on Nov. 29, 2018 after he left a residence in Fitchburg that police knew from an investigation served as a stash house for co-conspirator Arthur Jones. Douglas was in possession of almost 12 grams of heroin-fentanyl substances pre-packaged for street-level sale at the time he was stopped, while more than 80 grams of additional heroin-fentanyl was found at the stash house in a search conducted by police. Douglas’s co-conspirator, Arthur Jones, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10.
In sentencing Douglas, Judge Peterson said he was taking into account Douglas’s lack of prior criminal history weighed against the great dangerousness of the heroin-laced fentanyl that Douglas was involved in distributing throughout the community. Peterson said the offense deserved a significant sentence despite Douglas’s relatively clean history because it was a crime that Douglas engaged in on a repeated basis over the time of the conspiracy, "exploiting other people’s illness" in drug addiction.
The charges against Douglas and Jones were the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force and the DEA Taskforce. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson.