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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Assigned to the Case

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Madison Man Faces Drug & Gun Charges

Arwin C. Lacy, 29, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute on June 18, 2020, and with possessing a loaded firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime. The indictment also charges him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, alleging that he possessed a loaded 9mm handgun and ammunition on June 18.

If convicted, Lacy faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the cocaine charge and 10 years on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge. Lacy faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in federal prison on the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; federal law requires that any penalty imposed for this charge be served consecutive to any penalty imposed on the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute charge.

The charges against Lacy are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Anderson is handling the prosecution.

The indictment charging Lacy has been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime. The PSN approach emphasizes coordination between state and federal prosecutors and all levels of law enforcement to address gun crime, especially felons illegally possessing firearms and ammunition, and violent crimes and drug crimes that involve the use of firearms.

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