Extra patrols in recent burglarized area lead to 2 drug arrests

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:08:27 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 05:52:44 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse police arrested two people on drug related charges during extra patrols in the area of recent burglaries on January 28.

While on patrol at 7:10 p.m., police officers noticed a suspicious person in the alley who looked like he was trying to break into an apartment at 1141 State Street. Officers tried to contact the man, but he ran away. Police went back to the apartment to investigate a possible burglary.

When officers approached the apartment, they noticed an overwhelming smell of raw marijuana coming from the apartment. They say that smell intensified when residents Nathaniel Cousins, 23, and Kelly Kotes, 20, opened the door.

Police say Kotes and Cousins appeared very nervous and denied any knowledge of marijuana in the apartment when questioned.

After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, police found drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash. The following items were located and seized by police: About 4.3lbs (1977 grams) of marijuana; 26.1 grams of Carmel candy containing THC; 6.7 grams psilocybin mushrooms; pipes and digital scale, Ziploc baggies and other drug-related paraphernalia; $2,319.

Police arrested Kotes and Cousins. They face several felony charges, including possession with intent to deliver THC and Psilocybin, and warehousing drugs. They also face misdemeanor charges-possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.