Repeat felon sentenced to 12 years in prison for heroin dealing, weapons

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Rayshaun Roach, 36, of Beloit, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Wednesday for running a heroin operation.

According to court records, Roach sold heroin laced with fentanyl to a police informant on three seperate occasions between July and September of 2017. He was arrested on October 3rd, 2017.

Police say that at the time of Roach’s arrest, 48 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl, two handguns, $1,380 in cash, and 90 rounds of ammunition were found in his pants’ pockets.

When police searched his house, they found two more handguns. Roach told officers they were for protection, as he purchased 50 grams of heroin a week for $4,000, and distributed it in one gram quantities.

Roach had a prior felony conviction for possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church, and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

He was sentenced today for possessing heroin with intent to distribute, possessing firearms to further a drug trafficking crime, and possessing firearms as a convicted felon. He pled guilty to the charges on June 29th.

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