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Drugs and guns seized at La Crosse residence

Kaitlyn Riley

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La Crosse Police took six guns and large quantities of drugs and cash while executing a search warrant Wednesday.

La Crosse Investigators were conducting surveillance at the residence of Kong Vang and Pader Yang (816 5th Ave. S), according to a news release. Both have had previous encounters with police. Vang was arrested in 2017 for drug charges and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Vang also had an active warrant from probation and parole.

Investigators said they saw possible drug dealing in the home and took Vang into custody followed by Yang a short time later.

After searching the residence and garage, La Crosse Police seized six guns, 279 grams of methamphetamine, 266 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia consistent with drug packaging, and more than $14,500 in cash. Police estimated the street value of the meth seized at $10,000. Two of the six weapons had defaced or altered serial numbers.

Kong Vang

Vang is being referred on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine greater than 50 grams, maintain drug trafficking residence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, parole warrant, and six counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Pader Yang

Yang is referred on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine greater than 50 grams, possession with intent to deliver marijuana (200 to 1,000 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, maintain drug trafficking residence, parole warrant and party to the crime.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.