La Crosse man sentenced to nearly 7 years for drug trafficking, gun convictions

MADISON (WKBT) — A 34-year-old La Crosse man was sentenced to 81 months in prison for drug and gun convictions Friday.

Curtis Ross was convicted on charges of possessing a firearm as a felon, possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pleaded guilty to those charges in June of this year.

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La Crosse Police pulled over Ross in September of 2021 and discovered two loaded handguns and a bag with marijuana. A passenger in the car told police he was in the car to buy cocaine from Ross. After he was transported to jail, officers say they located cocaine that had been left in the squad car by Ross.

Ross was released on signature bond. A month later, police were able to buy heroin from Ross through a confidential informant.

In February of this year, police say they received reports that Ross had stolen his girlfriend’s truck. During a pursuit, Ross fired a gun in the direction of an officer in his squad car. Police found him hiding under a vehicle. A search turned up cocaine, heroin, a handgun and ammo, and a large amount of cash.

Ross was charged in state court for the shooting incident and will serve 5 years probation following his prison sentence.