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Probable cause is found to try one of 3 men captured for possessing 11 pounds of meth



A La Crosse judge has found probable cause to try a California man on drug charges. 

Juventino Plancarte Lara appeared before Judge Scott Horne by video on Friday, when a police detective testified about the January bust which turned up 11 pounds of meth. 

Plancarte Lara is one of three men who drew the attention of police when they sat in their parked car at a Rose Street hotel, apparently waiting a long time for someone. 

Another suspect in the case, Emmanuel Flores Sauceda, has been jailed in St. Croix County on similar charges, but is being allowed out of jail to live with his wife in Minnesota while the La Crosse County case moves ahead.  The third suspect, Armando Lara Nieto, is also from Minnesota. All three have hearings coming up in early March.

The 11 pounds of meth was the most recovered during one bust in La Crosse County, until an arrest in Onalaska this month turned up 15 pounds of the drug.     

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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