PdC Police Make Meth Arrests

Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Prairie du Chien earlier this month.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department conducted the traffic stop on the evening of Thursday, September 1, at the US Hwy 18 Bypass near West Iowa Street. K-9 Rico was utilized to conduct a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle where he indicated the presence of the odor of controlled substances from within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 29.21 grams of methamphetamine and other methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia.

The registered owner and driver of the vehicle, 62 year old James Stewart, of Prairie du Chien, WI was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Two Counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Domestic Disorderly Conduct. Stewart was also arrested for an active warrant through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and taken to the Crawford County Jail where he is currently being held.

A passenger in the vehicle, 40 year old Alicia Garduno of Prairie du Chien was arrested also for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver – Party to a Crime; Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Garduno was also transported to the Crawford County Jail on those charges and a Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation Hold.

Law enforcement gathered information that led them to two residential search warrants of Stewart’s apartment in the 100 block of East Blackhawk Avenue and Garduno’s motel room, in the 1600 block of South Marquette Road. These search warrants were executed on Friday September 2. Further evidence of methamphetamine use and distribution was gathered.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

“K9 Rico” photo courtesy of the Prairie du Chien Police Department