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Three arrested in La Crosse County’s largest fentanyl bust

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s police said Wednesday it seized its largest-ever amount of fentanyl, after a drug bust at an apartment close to Gundersen Health System. 

About a pound of the potent drug (454.3 grams) turned up in a police raid at a Miller Street apartment Tuesday.  La Crosse Police said it amounted to about $45,000 in street value.

Left to right: Jesse Stringer, Jerrad Simms, Caprice Washington.

La Crosse native Jesse Stringer was arrested while trying to drive away from the building.  

At the same time, officers — and Loki, the police K9 — caught two other suspects, Caprice Washington and Jerrad Sims — both Park Forest, Ill., natives — trying to “jump” out the apartment window, after a “knock and announce” warrant was conducted, police said.

The three are being held in the county jail. 

Along with the fentanyl, police found 34.6 grams of cocaine, 439 grams of marijuana, a loaded .380 pistol and $15,600 in cash.

Police added in news release that Stinger has several felony bonds for previous narcotics trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm. Stringer and Simms were arrested together early last year on the north side of La Crosse, and are on bond reference for that case.

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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