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Drug arrest in Holmen leads to court appearances for three suspects



Three people are facing charges following a weekend drug bust in Holmen, which police believe may be the biggest drug seizure ever in their village.

Steven Cathey and 26-year-old Carli Stein each face 18 criminal charges. They and Ashley Littlejohn were arrested on Saturday, after police searched a house on Holmen Drive.


The search turned up fentanyl, heroin, meth, and LSD, along with 10 guns. The estimated value of the drugs is around $26,000.

Both Cathey, 62, and Stein appeared in La Crosse County court on Tuesday, each on 18 criminal counts, including mistreatment of dogs that have been removed from the house.

A cash bond of $100,000 was set for Cathey. Both he and Stein are scheduled back in court on May 8.

Cathey has a long record of convictions in Wisconsin, dating back 40 years. His earliest case on record in La Crosse County was for felony pandering and misdemeanor battery, dated 1993.

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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