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Milwaukee man sentenced to 30 year bifurcated prison term as ringleader of $9.6 million cocaine conspiracy

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//November 24, 2023//

Lateef Strong

Lateef Strong mug shot. Photo courtesy of Fond Du Lac County.

Milwaukee man sentenced to 30 year bifurcated prison term as ringleader of $9.6 million cocaine conspiracy

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//November 24, 2023//

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On Wednesday Fond Du Lac County District Attorney Eric J. Toney announced Lateef Strong was sentenced to a bifurcated 30-year prison term.

Strong will serve 20 years of initial prison confinement followed by 10 years of extended supervision for his role in a $9.6 million cocaine conspiracy after a jury previously convicted him of conspiracy to deliver over 40 grams of cocaine, said Toney, who currently serves as President of the Wisconsin District Attorneys’ Assocation.

According to Toney and a copy of the criminal complaint obtained by the Wisconsin Law Journal, Strong was the ringleader of a cocaine conspiracy and is the last of more than 15 defendants charged in this conspiracy to have their case concluded. The conspiracy spanned from Fond du Lac County to source cities of Milwaukee and Chicago. Law enforcement dismantled a cocaine distribution ring responsible for delivering approximately 96,539 doses of cocaine totaling 127 pounds of cocaine, worth $9.6 million dollars.

“This sentence reflects the accountability we will continue to aggressively pursue for those to deal drugs in our community. This sentence puts drug dealers on notice on what they can expect in Fond du Lac County when they engage in conspiratorial drug dealing and we hope it serves as a deterrent to those that consider dealing drugs in Fond du Lac County,” Toney said.

Toney praised the investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Drug Unit, and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.

The prosecution team was led by ADA Amber Hahn with assistance from ADA Curtis Borsheim and was spearheaded by former DDA Dennis Krueger before he passed away unexpectedly, officials noted.

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