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Simms facing charges after biggest fentanyl bust in La Crosse County



One of the suspects arrested in La Crosse County’s largest fentanyl bust is back in court, facing charges connected with that case.


Jerrad Simms and two others were arrested back in October, when police raided an apartment on Miller Street in La Crosse.  About a pound of fentanyl — about $45,000 worth at the time — was discovered in the apartment. 

Simms is now charged with drug trafficking, dealing cocaine and fentanyl. 

He’s a repeat offender with convictions in both La Crosse and the Chicago area.  

Simms has an Illinois address and was convicted on a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge in La Crosse three years ago, but has had felony convictions in Cook County, Ill.

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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