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Five years in prison for woman accused of Trempealeau County cocaine operation



A Mexican citizen living near Arcadia, Wis., was sentenced to prison for running a drug operation in Trempealeau County.

A federal judge ordered 23-year-old Karlett Salazar Zagal to spend five years in prison for taking part in a cocaine conspiracy. Salazar admitted that she brought drugs to Arcadia and Independence, Wis., from Puerto Rico — hidden inside items delivered through the mail.

She also admitted to sending Glock pistols to Puerto Rico.

In the last two years, government agents found cocaine being sold at a barbershop and taverns in Arcadia. They learned that the drug was being smuggled through the mail from Puerto Rico, hidden inside radios, bedsheets and other items.

Last July, Salazar was arrested when a package containing cocaine was delivered to her at a house in Independence. She pleaded guilty in a Madison court to a cocaine conspiracy.

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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