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Traffic stop in Holmen leads to arrest of La Crosse man for fentanyl



A traffic stop in Holmen led to a drug arrest of a La Crosse man involving fentanyl over the weekend.


Randy Russell, Jr., was charged with possessing narcotics and marijuana, after the car he was riding in was pulled over along Highway 53 for having an expired license.

A K9 officer detected drugs in the car. A search led to the discovery of fentanyl, pot and some pills.

Russell is facing four charges as a result of the investigation. He is also accused of violating house arrest.

Russell qualifies for a public defender and he was granted a $1,000 cash bond in an appearance before Judge Scott Horne, though he remains in jail.

His case will return to court in two weeks.

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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