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Man convicted for selling heroin, cocaine to undercover officer

Published On: Jun 10 2014 05:34:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2014 10:29:41 AM CDT
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A Madison man was convicted of distributing heroin and crack cocaine following a two-day jury trial in federal court, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.

The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before finding Orlando Larry, 43, guilty of all nine counts in the indictment, officials said.

Larry was convicted of six counts of distributing heroin, two counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of distributing 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the release. He distributed the drugs during July and August 2013, and was charged with the crimes in October.

Evidence showed that Larry started selling heroin to an undercover police officer working with the Dane County Narcotics Task Force on July 8, 2013, according to the release. By their third meeting, Larry offered to sell crack cocaine, and gave the undercover officer advice on how to sell heroin and make money doing it.

By Larry’s fifth transaction with the undercover officer, he agreed to sell the officer an ounce of crack cocaine and heroin, official said.

Based on his lengthy and violent criminal history, Larry was selected for the Madison Police Department’s Focused Deterrence Reentry Program. The program uses an evidence-based, crime prevention strategy that identifies those responsible for a large portion of violent crime in the Madison area and seeks to deter them from future crime, according to the release. Similar programs have worked in reducing violent crimes in cities throughout the country.

As part of the program, Larry was offered community services and was warned repeatedly by law enforcement officials that his conduct would be under a spotlight, according to the release. Despite warnings, Larry rejected the assistance and chose to repeatedly deal heroin and crack cocaine.

Larry faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the distribution counts, and a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and maximum penalty of 40 years on the count involving the distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the release. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 27.