La Crosse K9 officer helps with drug bust

LA CROSSE, Wis. —  A La Crosse Police K-9 officer was able to help assist in a recent drug bust.

On November 16th, La Crosse Police received information from the Illinois State Police that a vehicle was on its way from Chicago to La Crosse and was carrying a large amount of illegal drugs.  An anonymous tipster had provided the information to Illinois authorities.

The La Crosse Police department and Wisconsin State Patrol set up surveillance on I-90.  Around 2:00 a.m. on November 17th, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was seen pulling into the Onalaska Microtel Inn.

La Crosse Police K-9 officer Casey Rossman and his partner Brutus alerted to the vehicle which had four people inside all from Chicago.  Police searched the vehicle and 49.9 grams of crack cocaine was found hidden inside the vehicle.  There were 109 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine with a street value of $5,000.  

Police arrested 27-year-old Nicholas House for possession with intent to deliver cocaine base.  House admitted to police the items found in the vehicle belonged to him.  He’s currently being held in the La Crosse County Jail.

The La Crosse Police Department has three K-9 units.  They’re funded in part with community donations.