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Search warrant produces largest drug bust in Buffalo County

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Thomas Magnusson Thomas Magnusson
John Severtson John Severtson
Robert Linder Robert Linder

Buffalo County (Press Release) - At around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Milton on Indian Creek Road, north of Fountain City.

The search warrant was the culmination of an ongoing drug investigation in conjunction with the La Crosse Police Department. In execution of the warrant with the assistance of the West Central Drug Task Force, the search produced what appears to be the largest drug arrest in Buffalo County history.

Confiscated in the search were over 31 pounds of vacuum sealed marijuana, over $61,000 in cash, two vehicles involved in the delivery and distribution of the drugs (1999 Lincoln Continental and a 1998 GMC Sierra Truck) along with several guns, including three shotguns.

Associated with the above search warrant, these same drug enforcement agents along with the Fountain City Police Department arrested three people for their involvement in the case. Arrested at the residence on Indian Creek Road was Thomas Magnusson, 66, of Fountain City, who is charged with intent to deliver THC more than 10,000 grams, and maintain a property as a drug house. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

Robert Linder, 59, of La Crosse was arrested in Fountain City and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of THC less than 200 grams and party to a crime. He is being held on a $3,000 bond.

John Severtson, 33, of Edgerton was also arrested in Fountain City and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of THC less than 200 grams. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with drug information is urged to contact the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department at (608) 685-4433 or the Buffalo County Tip Line at (608) 685-2847. 

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