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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
John W. Vaudreuil
, United States Attorney
Contact: John W. Vaudreuil

Beloit Man Sentenced to 55 Months in Federal Prison for Selling Heroin and Methamphetamine

Paul Winfield was on Federal Supervision for Prior Drug Felony at the Time of His Arrest

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Paul Winfield, 41, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 55 months in federal prison for selling heroin and methamphetamine in Beloit between March and June 2015. Winfield pleaded guilty on November 4, 2015, to one count of selling heroin. At the time of this offense, Winfield was on federal supervision for a 2001 felony conviction for his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

In March 2015, an FBI task force received information that Winfield was distributing heroin in the Beloit area. Using a confidential informant, law enforcement then conducted four buys of heroin and methamphetamine from Winfield.

Winfield’s guilty plea and sentence held him accountable for his sales of both heroin and methamphetamine, as well as the drugs seized from Winfield’s home at the time of his arrest. Investigators found almost 38 grams of heroin and 27 grams of methamphetamine in his home.

The charge against Winfield was the result of an investigation conducted by G-ROC, a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, to address gang and drug-related violence in Rock County through the coordination of investigations among local and federal law enforcement agencies. Its members include the FBI; Rock County Sheriff’s Office; Rock County District Attorney’s Office; Beloit Police Department; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In the past two years, more than 20 people have been charged and convicted of a federal drug or gun crime as the result of G-ROC investigations. The prosecution of the case has been handled by United States Attorney Vaudreuil.

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