April 26, 2012 | 09:54 AMELKHORN — A heroin dealer, who in the past year allegedly distributed more than a kilo of the drug, was sentenced April 26 to 12 years in a state prison.
Alan D. Messier, 27, N. Main St., Walworth, also was sentenced to six years of extended supervision. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of delivering heroin and a felony charged of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, ecstasy.
During the sentencing hearing, Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy Ira Martin, who is with the drug unit, displayed a board with known customers and dealers involved with Messier.
"There is two people on this board that I know for sure have overdosed using heroin," Martin said. "They would do whatever they needed to do to purchase heroin. I know at least one incident where someone was selling themselves in order to purchase the drug."
Martin said the drug unit calculated how much of the drug Messier sold by using information provided by the defendant and confirmed through informants. Using the numbers provided by the drug unit, it appears Messier sold more than $200,000 worth of the drug a year.
Assistand District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld said Messier was not only selling the drug to users, but also to other drug dealers.
"He's not someone who is just tyring to support his habit," Wiedenfeld said. "He was a business person. To him this was a calculated risk. He knew it wasn't just a possibility, but a strong likelihood that he would be sitting in front of a judge one day having to explain himself."
Messier's defense attorney, James Duquette, said his client is addicted to heroin.
"He's indicated he was glad he was picked up because he has this problem with substance abuse," Duquette said.
Duquette asked the judge to sentence Messier to three years in prison on one of the drug charges, and stay and impose a lengthy prison sentence on the other two counts. This would mean, after Messier was released from prison, if he violated the terms of his extended supervision, he would have to serve the sentence on the other two counts.
"To really protect the public the behavior needs to stop," Duquette said. "We need to eliminate the drug more than the person."
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