A La Crosse man busted multiple times for selling drugs over the past two years has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison.
Larry D. Baldwin, originally of Hammond, Ind., was among a dozen people charged in a 2016 trafficking case. According to court records, Baldwin sold drugs to police informants on seven occasions and was charged with conspiracy to deliver cocaine and heroin.
Baldwin, 47, and his son Larry A. Baldwin Jr. were arrested in May after Baldwin attempted to flee from police with about 64 grams of cocaine, worth about $6,000 in his vehicle. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and fleeing police and also cited for operating while intoxicated. He was released after posting a $10,000 cash bond.
Police arrested Baldwin again on July 11 after he sold cocaine to a police informant and police found nearly 58 grams of cocaine in the Fourth Street apartment where he was staying. A judge then ordered his bond forfeited.
Baldwin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
Judge Todd Bjerke sentenced him Friday to three years and six months in prison followed by nine years on supervision for conspiracy and possession charges. Baldwin was also fined $811.50 for the drunken driving citation, which is to be paid from the $10,000 bond money.
Larry A. Baldwin Jr. is scheduled to stand trial in April on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.