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Appeals court says La Crosse police did have reason to search a car for drugs

Brad Williams

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A Wisconsin appeals court disagrees with a drug suspect’s claim that La Crosse police didn’t have a good reason to search his car two years ago. 

The appeals judges have ordered another local court hearing for Houadou Yang, arrested in 2018 for drug possession. 

Yang argued successfully to a La Crosse judge that evidence found in the search should be suppressed, because the officers had little reason to justify an 11-minute traffic stop that included a dog-sniffing search. 

The appeals court says there were many factors which made the search justifiable. 

They say that police knew Yang had a drug record…his car had dark tinted windows…he was parked at Bridgeview Plaza, where drug activity has been known to occur…and he was shaking and sweating when officers questioned him.    

The case has yet to go to trial.  

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.