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Chicago man charged in Wausau drug conspiracy

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Chicago man has been indicted on federal charges that he conspired to deal cocaine in the Wausau area between March 2007 and April 2008.

Thirty-four-year-old Lawrence Williams is being held in federal custody pending a jury trial July 26.

The indictment accuses Williams of conspiring with Johnny Bruce Mathews to deal more than 50 grams of crack and 500 grams of cocaine.

If convicted, Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum life sentence.

A federal judge sentenced Mathews last spring to 20 years in prison to possessing more than 50 grams of crack with the intent to distribute it in the Wausau area.

Williams is also waiting to stand trial in Buffalo, New York, on charges he conspired to deal more than five kilograms of cocaine from Chicago to Buffalo.

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