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Minnesota meth dealers sentenced for Crawford Co. sting

Brad Williams

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Two Minnesota residents have been sentenced to federal prison for trying to sell meth in western Wisconsin. 

Jeffrey Costillo of Blaine, Minnesota received a 7-year prison term, and Denise Kraimer of Columbia Heights was ordered to serve 5 years behind bars. 

Investigators say Kraimer and Costillo drove to Prairie du Chien in the summer of 2019, to make a drug deal with a buyer who turned out to be a police informant. 

More than 100 grams of meth were found in the car, along with drug paraphernalia. 

Kraimer denied she was involved in drug trafficking, but a search of her Facebook account turned up conversations where she was arranging drug deals. 

Since the drug incident, Costillo also has been charged in Minnesota with allegedly shooting another man in the leg over a vehicle trade that went wrong.  

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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    Kent A Porter

    January 27, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Wow , minnesota accualy sentences criminals to stiff prison time , unlike La Crosse Judges !!!

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