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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2011

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

Contact: Elizabeth Altman
(608) 264-5158

Madison Man Sentenced for Selling Crack Cocaine

Madison, Wis. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kevin Tolbert, 34, of Madison, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to seven years in prison without parole for selling crack cocaine. This prison term will be followed by four years of supervised release. Tolbert pleaded guilty to this charge on June 15, 2011.

Tolbert sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer on three separate occasions. He also sold crack to an informant approximately 20 times. In sentencing Tolbert, Judge Crabb said that Tolbert made a very stupid decision to sell drugs, even if he was in a difficult financial situation.

The charges against Tolbert were the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.