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Meth suspects make court appearance following big La Crosse drug bust

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La Crosse police confiscated 11 pounds of meth during a Jan. 20th traffic stop on Interstate 90. Three men were taken into custody. (FILE: La Crosse Police)

Three drug suspects accused of carrying 11 pounds of meth in a car have made initial appearances in La Crosse County court.

All three remain in the county jail, with their next court hearing scheduled for Feb. 15.

A California man, Juventino Plancarte Lara, is jailed on $150,000 cash bond. Armando Lara Nieto remains at a $50,000 bond. The bond for Emmanuel Flores-Sauceda has been reduced to $25,000. He and Lara Nieto live in the Twin Cities area.

La Crosse police say the Jan. 20 arrests — which happened along I-90 near Exit 2 — was the city’s largest meth bust on record at 11 pounds.

Officers noticed driver and passengers seemed extremely nervous.

The car went into La Crosse and was parked for a couple of hours outside businesses on Rose Street with the men still sitting inside but the windows down on a cold day, as if they were waiting for someone.

When the car went back onto the interstate, it was pulled over for having tinted windows. A drug searching canine led to a search, which uncovered bags of meth.

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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