8/3/17 – A Beaver Dam woman will spend six years in prison for operating a drug ring. Lacresha Lightfoot was sentenced yesterday after entering into a plea agreement in April that saw her plead guilty to four separate felony counts of Manufacturing and Delivering Heroin and Cocaine. The 28-year-old was arrested in January following a traffic stop in Beaver Dam. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says there was an 11-month investigation, and the sales date back to 2014. Prosecutors described Lightfoot as the central figure in the large-scale, well-organized ring, employing drug runners who delivered the heroin and cocaine to help conceal her identity. Confidential informants made purchases from Lightfoot and her associates and, in most instances, Lightfoot’s cell phone was used in the buys. Officers say the drug ring was run out of various places in Beaver Dam including locations on Lakecrest Drive, Rosendale Street, and the Shoe Factory Apartments. Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg told the court at sentencing that the defendant was “sophisticated enough to design and run an operation where getting drugs was as easy and convenient as ordering a pizza.” Klomberg said the business ran so well it operated even when she was out of state. In handing down the sentence, Judge Martin DeVries called Lightfoot a “central figure in drug sales in the community” and said “there are times when a non-violent crime does more harm than a violent crime.” In addition to six years in prison, Lightfoot was sentenced to six years of extended supervision followed by five years of probation.
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