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La Crosse drug offender gets 7 years in federal prison for meth trafficking




A La Crosse man with a history of drug offenses has been sentenced to 90 months in federal prison.  That’s 7 and a half years. 

Christopher McCartney is already in state prison for dealing meth.  He was out on bond last April, when La Crosse police stopped his car, and a search turned up more than 100 grams of meth and $1300 in cash.  Another search of his home led to 78 more grams of meth, and another $3500 in cash.

The 36-year-old McCartney pled guilty to the meth trafficking charge in September. 

His past record includes a previous trafficking conviction, and an arrest in 2015 as one of 17 area residents tied to a drug ring that operated between La Crosse and Minneapolis.  That case led to a 6-year prison term.    


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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