Janesville man faces federal charges

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Gazette Staff
Thursday, February 19, 2009
— A convicted drug dealer released from prison last fall is facing new federal drug-dealing charges.

Christopher C. Bell, 34, Janesville, is accused of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine Jan. 13 and Feb. 12.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Reinhard said Bell was released from prison Oct. 28, 2008.

Bell was convicted in 1997 of running a crack cocaine distribution network out of his music store in Beloit. At the time, he was considered one of the biggest crack dealers the county had ever seen, doing half his business in Janesville.

Bell’s release date originally was in 2015. He was released early because he cooperated with government investigators, Reinhard said.

Bell’s arrest came through an investigation by the Rock County Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Beloit Police Department, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Bell faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted on the latest charges.

Last updated: 9:36 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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