Judge denies lower bond for Mitrel Anderson in felony drug case

Trempealeau Co. judge keeps bond at $20,000

A La Crosse man arrested on drug charges twice in one year makes an appearance in Trempealeau County court Tuesday.

28-year-old Mitrel Anderson faces felony charges of possessing meth with the intent to deliver and carrying a stolen gun. That arrest came after he was previously arrested and charged in La Crosse County last March for manufacturing or delivering heroin.

Anderson was free on a $2000 bond in that felony case when he was arrested in Trempealeau County with 84 grams, or roughly 3 ounces, of meth.

“I would wager that in the course of 2016, up until this arrest we had seized approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine over the course of the year,” Trempealeau County District Attorney John Sacia told Circuit Court Judge Charles Feltes during Tuesday’s hearing. “This is a huge amount of methamphetamine.”

Anderson asked for his bond to be lowered from $20,000 to $10,000 during his appearance Tuesday, but that request was denied. He’s scheduled to be back in court on January 17th.

Anderson was previously acquitted in a fatal stabbing in La Crosse in 2014. His attorney argued the bond should have been lowered because Anderson was taking college courses and working a construction job to turn his life around.