He had over a hundred pounds of drugs in a storage garage, police say. His neighbors had no idea.

A 'pill-press' lab was discovered in a storage unit, according to La Crosse Police

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – La Crosse police seized over 100 pounds of drugs as well as five guns and thousands of dollars in a drug bust Monday.

Jade (Justice) DeenyAccording to police, officers arrested 26-year-old Jade Deeny at 627 Powell Street Monday as part of an ongoing drug investigation. Multiple search warrants led police to a storage unit in Deeny’s name. There, police discovered what seemed to be a “pill-press laboratory” containing ingredients to make Xanax, along with thousands of USPS boxes, according to the release. Police estimate the street value of drugs they seized to be worth $1,027,000.

During the execution of multiple warrants, police found:

  • 135.13 pounds of pressed counterfeit Xanax in three different colors
  • 1-pound fentanyl (located next to Xanax station and most likely used in pills)
  • 1-pound counterfeit Adderall that tested positive for methamphetamine
  • 25.3 grams methamphetamine pills
  • 77 narcotic pills
  • 250.7 grams of cocaine
  • 524 grams THC wax
  • 4 pounds THC candies
  • 212 grams psilocybin infused chocolate
  • 4 handguns (2 different high capacity magazines and 1 drum magazine with 51 rounds loaded in it)
  • 1 rifle (603 rounds of .223 ammunition)
  • 186 rounds 9mm, 198 rounds 45 caliber
  • $5,953 dollars
  • Automated pill press with professional mixer
  • 385 pounds of inert materials needed to make counterfeit Xanax
  • Thousands of USPS boxes ready to mail his product

According to police, Deeny previously spent time in a North Carolina prison for drug and gun convictions. He’s a convicted felon. Deeny faces 18 counts, including two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Deeny is currently in jail on a $1 million bond and is due in court on June 10.

Tom Tooke lives on Powell street not far from where the drug bust took place and he’s concerned.

“How can they do that literally three doors down, right under my nose and I had no clue,” he said.

La Crosse Police Lieutenant Linnea Miller said officers were extremely careful while handling so many illicit substances.

“We have very specific protocols on how we deal with the drugs that we come in contact with,” said Miller. “So we’re very careful our investigators make sure that they’re using the proper protective protocol,” she added.

 

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