La Crosse man sentenced for fentanyl distribution conviction

MADISON (WKBT) — A La Crosse man will spend 7 1/2 years in prison for fentanyl distribution.

The Chief U.S. District Judge sentenced 37-year-old Antoine Hardie on Monday. Hardie pleaded guilty to possessing 40 or more grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute on May 17.

Police said Hardie sold a confidential informant fentanyl on five occasions in 2021. A search of his storage shed turned up 296 grams of fentanyl hidden in a child’s suitcase.

The judge cited Hardie’s violent history as a factor in sentencing. Hardie has convictions for battery, witness intimidation and burglary.

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