Wisconsin Man Charged with Drug & Gun Crimes
MADISON, Wisc. - Assistant Special Agent in Charge John G. McGarry, Drug Enforcement Administration-Wisconsin, and Acting U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea, Western District of Wisconsin, announced a nine-count superseding indictment against Andre L. McClinton for drug and gun crimes. The indictment alleges that from September through December 2020, McClinton, 49, from Madison, Wisconsin, participated in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess for distribution cocaine. The indictment alleges that the conspiracy involved five kilograms or more of cocaine.
The superseding indictment also charges McClinton with two counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possessing cocaine and crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, and one count of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute.
McClinton is also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges that McClinton possessed a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition and a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition.
McClinton was previously charged with the drug conspiracy in a one-count indictment returned by the grand jury on Feb. 10, 2021.
If convicted, McClinton faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on the conspiracy charge, a maximum of 20 years on each of the three drug charges involving cocaine and crack cocaine and a maximum of five years on the marijuana charge. The two charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition each have a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The two charges of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime each have a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in federal prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed.
The charges against McClinton are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chicago Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the prosecution.