3 arrested in largest meth bust in La Crosse police history

Nearly 11 pounds of meth with street value of $124,000 seized

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — La Crosse police and other law enforcement officials seized the largest amount of methamphetamine in the La Crosse Police Department’s history during a traffic stop on Interstate 90.

The bust, during which meth with a street value of $124,000 was seized and three men were arrested, occurred at about 5:20 p.m. Jan. 20, according to police.

During the stop, K9 Loki alerted positively for drugs. Officers found 12 bags of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 11 pounds, inside a backpack in the trunk.

If that amount were sold on the street in 3.5-gram increments, it could bring $124,000, said police, who also found $778 on one of the suspects.

Arrested and charged with possession with intent-phencyclidine/amphetamine/methamphetamine were:
• Armando Lara Nieto, 49.
• Emmanuel Flores Sauceda, 39.
• Juventino Lara Plancarte, 53, who police said was released from prison in 2020 after serving nine years for meth distribution.

The investigation continues, police said.

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