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Cash bond of $250K for meth suspect in La Crosse lowered to $100,000

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FILE: Jimmy Castillo mug shot.

The bail for a 22-year-old drug suspect in La Crosse County is reduced by more than half. 

The amount of Jimmy Castillo’s bond, however, is still $100,000 cash. 

The bond had been set at $250,000. 

The Kansas native was arrested at an Onalaska motel this month for allegedly carrying 15.5 pounds of meth — a record meth bust for the county. The previous record was set just weeks ago at 11 pounds.

His attorney argued Monday in court that Castillo was a courier and not a dealer of meth. 

Judge Scott Horne, however, referred to the “extremely large” amount of meth, and his lack to ties to Wisconsin in maintaining a six-figure bond.  

Attorney Chris Zachar said Castillo’s bond was much higher than for three suspects that other recent local meth bust — that 11-pound case — where the top bond of $150,000 was set for an alleged trafficker from California, who recently served nine years in prison.

      

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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  1. Kent Porter

    March 1, 2022 at 11:14 am

    WHO IS THE JUDGE IN THIS CASE , MUST BE GONZALAS , THIS IS ENOUGH METH TO KILL EVERY MAN WOMEN AND CHILD IN THE STATE , WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS JUDGE ????????????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOCK THIS DUDE UP FOR 10 YEARS < HE HAS DONE THIS BEFORE AND SERVED TIME FOR IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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