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After weekend raid in La Crosse, three of six drug suspects released



After spending much of the holiday weekend in the La Crosse County jail, several drug suspects were brought to court for bond hearings Tuesday.

Of the six charged after a north La Crosse police raid, three got out of jail and three others remain on cash bonds below $3,000.

Some of the six have past drug convictions in the La Crosse area, including 30-year-old Jesse Stringer. A county prosecutor argued for at least a $5,000 bond for Stringer.

In a Gillette St. home, police found heroin, cocaine, and designer drugs valued at more than $50,000. The raid also led to many electronics, which apparently had been stolen in local break-ins.

The defense for some of the suspects, including Jerrad Simms, is that they just happened to be at the house when police arrived, and are not involved with drugs.

The suspects face a total of almost 40 criminal charges. They’re scheduled back in court later this week.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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