Crawford Co. Sheriff & PDC Police Make Several Drug Arrests

Over the last few years, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive narcotics investigation into the illegal distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine. Throughout the course of this investigation, the sheriff’s office with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, identified approximately sixty suspected methamphetamine users and / or dealers in the Southwest Wisconsin Region and / or in other States.
Two of the main methamphetamine suppliers supplying our area were identified as Pa Kou Yang (Age 32) and her sister Lisa Yang (Age 35) of Onalaska, Wisconsin. The investigation revealed that Pa Yang was frequently receiving large quantities of methamphetamine from her sister Lisa Yang and returning to our area to sell.
Pa Yang was arrested on numerous occasions with various amounts of methamphetamine; altogether weighing a total amount of 202 grams. The estimated street value of this amount of methamphetamine would be between five to six thousand dollars. Recently, a federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned an indictment for Pa Yang. She is charged with two counts of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine for distribution. If convicted, Pa Yang faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on each count.
Furthermore, during this investigation, Lisa Yang was traffic stopped by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit and she and her passenger Anou Lo (Age 43) of Onalaska, Wisconsin, were arrested with 165 grams of methamphetamine. The street value of this amount of methamphetamine would be between three and four thousand dollars.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the following agencies; Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, Onalaska Police Department, La Crosse Police Department, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Mar-Mac Police Department, Crawford County District Attorney’s Office, La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office, and the United State Attorney’s Office in Madison.
This narcotics investigation is still active and ongoing. Sheriff McCullick is asking that anyone having additional information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Deputy Joseph Breeser or Lieutenant Ryan Fradette.

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the Prairie du Chien Police Department received a report of a female who was suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance while operating a vehicle with children. The Prairie du Chien Police K-9 Unit located the vehicle near the 100 block of North Marquette Road and conducted a traffic stop. During the course of the traffic stop, the officer observed signs of drug impairment and utilized K-9 Phoenix was taken out of the squad, the officer observed the driver’s 10-year-old daughter holding tightly to her purse. The driver admitted that Methamphetamine was inside of her purse.

A subsequent search of the driver’s purse yielded approximately 7.3 grams of Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia.
The driver was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail where she was charged for Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of a Restricted Controlled Substance with a passenger under 16 years old (OMVI-RCS 1st Offense), Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Neglecting a Child.
The children were safely removed from the scene and provided proper childcare.
The Crawford County Department of Human Services assisted the Prairie du Chien Police Department along with Crossing Rivers Hospital. The investigation continues and the filing of a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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On Monday, April 18, 2022, at approximately 11:45 a.m. the Prairie du Chien Police K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop near the 100 block of E. Webster Street for a vehicle with improper registration. As the officer recognized the driver to display signs of drug impairment, K-9 Phoenix was utilized to conduct a free open-air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle.

K-9 Phoenix alerted to one or more controlled substances from within the vehicle.  As a result, the vehicle was searched where officers located drug paraphernalia consistent with Methamphetamine use and suspected Methamphetamine.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of a Restricted Controlled Substance (OMVI-RCS 3rd Offense).

Assisting the Prairie du Chien Police Department were staff at Crossing Rivers Hospital.

The investigation continues and the filing of a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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On Monday, April 25, 2022, the Prairie du Chien Police Department received information that an inmate of the Crawford County Jail had various kinds of controlled substances in his jail cell.

K-9 Phoenix was utilized to conduct a sniff of the jail. During the sniff, K-9 Phoenix indicated to a mattress on the top bunk of a jail cell. While jailers searched the mattress, they located two vials of an unknown liquid, suspected to be Suboxone, over eight grams of Methamphetamine that were wrapped in plastic and electrical tape, and another item wrapped in electrical tape that were all attached on a string.

The Crawford County Jailers also located a sock on the inmate’s person that contained multiple syringes, close to another eight grams of Methamphetamine, a baggie of suspected Heroin, four tablets of suspected Adderall, a Fentanyl patch, and multiple strips of Suboxone.

Ultimately, 0.5 grams of Heroin, 14.6 grams of Methamphetamine, 32 Suboxone strips with the two vials of suspected Suboxone totaling 19.1 grams, six syringes, four Adderall tablets, and a Fentanyl patch were seized.

It is believed that the inmate, Ura Giengerich, age 31, of Sparta, WI, smuggled these items into the Crawford County Jail by concealing them in his person upon turning himself in to serve his sentence.

Charges are being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office on Giengerich for three counts of Possession of a Schedule I and II Narcotic Drug, Possession with Intent to Deliver Schedule III Narcotic Drugs, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Obstructing an Officer, Damage to Property, and two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances in a Jail.

The investigation continues and the filing of a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.