An anonymous tip led police to a meth lab in a North Side motel Tuesday.

La Crosse police — aided by specially trained state agents and sheriff’s deputies — found what Sgt. Randy Rank called “an active and somewhat large” operation in a room of Americas Best Value Inn on Rose Street and arrested two people, including an Iowa man already on supervision for meth charges.

Arrested were Brian Brainard of Lansing and Laura Rud of La Crosse.

Brainard, 27, was sentenced in March 2012 to one year in prison and another on supervision after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine in Grant County. Rud, 36, has prior drug and theft convictions in La Crosse County.

Both are jailed without bond and scheduled to make their first appearance in La Crosse County Circuit Court, where they face potential charges of manufacturing meth. Brainard, 27, could face additional charges of possessing methamphetamine materials and carrying a switchblade.

Police called in a team of specialists from the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago to process the hazardous and toxic chemicals. Among the materials confiscated from the room was a gas mask.

“He knew these materials were highly hazardous,” Rank said.

Rank said there was only one occupied room near the lab and police did not evacuate the inn, though Chief Ron Tischer warned in a news release that the presence of the chemicals in a hotel could have been “catastrophic.”

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Mike Hammer
Mike Hammer

A stark warning of the ravages of meth...just two years ago this couple was a dead ringer for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

RemoteEmployee
RemoteEmployee

How is it the operators of this hotel missed the fact that they had a mobile meth lab on-site? This seems very strange.

reader0520

If they decline service to the room there is no reason for the staff to be going in there. The area where that room was is far from the front desk area so it is quite easy to not know that there were drugs in there. If staff had noticed any odors, they would have checked it out. These two fabulous pieces of trash probably hadn't started cooking much yet.

RemoteEmployee
RemoteEmployee

But aren't the operators responsible for what is going on at the hotel? Don't they check?

Annie2407

You know what's funny is that the person that is tipping them off is a frequent meth user themselves and she continues to avoid jail time by ratting others out.

Where's the justice in jailing the woman who ignores the well-being of her own kids? Just wondering here...

uffda00

1. Tischer is good.
2. People are totally reckless making this stuff. They could blow up everyone/thing around them.
3. So sad what meth and other drugs are doing to this world. People, wake up!
4. We all need to be on our toes all the time. Be suspicious. Be careful. Report this kind of activity.
5. Why in the world would you put thes chemicals in your body in the first place.. Things a haz mat team needs to clean up?

Napoleon
Napoleon

La Crosse County: replace your hyper-lenient judges and DAs. Or be inundated with drug crime. Your choice!

Meth mouth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meth_mouth

pheasant

Nap, I have told your psuedo intellectual loud mouth a## more than once. That the reason light sentences are handed out is becaue of Funding Shortages within the System. It is not the DA, the Judges, etc. But you cannot figure that out?

Tischer is a fine improvement for our Chief. I would like to buy him lunch. But he cannot control that near 1/2 of our citizens have their heads in the government money trough and their legs are sticking out waving wildly. THAT! Is where the money is going.

Think Not! Then tell me Nap. How much money did the Taxpayers of this State save tithe the Walker 5.8% WRS retirement adjustment. Tell us all Nap. Then tell us all why we cannot find that number out?????? Nap?

Napoleon
Napoleon

Nester: "That the reason light sentences are handed out is becaue of Funding Shortages within the System. It is not the DA, the Judges, etc."

It's not their job to play accountant for the system. How is it possible not to know that? Worse, as I've posted here before, it's more expensive to let dangerous perps loose than to keep them in jail. A criminal on the loose costs the system more, not less! Every infant knows that! Don't you know anything?

And, if deadbeats like you paid their taxes instead of avoiding them, there's be lots more money.

"We're Not Broke"

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/were_not_broke_2012_free_on_hulu/

"WE’RE NOT BROKE is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets . . . and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share."

pheasant

You are delusional, and very bored.

pheasant

Nap- You have no idea how our Sytem runs, and why. You rpove that many times a week.

And it is 'Nestor', fool.

Napoleon
Napoleon

there'd, not there's. For every thousand Nester gaffes, I'm allowed one typo.

Why prison is a bargain, for dummies:

"Inmates convicted of violent crimes are among those being freed early from California jails to save money, despite lawmakers' promises that they would exclude most dangerous prisoners and sex offenders."

"An Associated Press review of inmate data shows that some of the freed criminals were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, domestic violence, and attacks on children and the elderly."

huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/31/california-now-freeing-vi_n_520781.html

civitas.org.uk/pubs/prisonValue.php

"One study by Professor John DiIulio estimated that the annual cost of keeping a criminal in jail is $25,000 and the total social and economic cost to society (including policing, insurance, injuries, replacing stolen property, and household expenditure on security measures) of allowing the median offender to remain at large is $70,098."

RemoteEmployee
RemoteEmployee

Tell me, Phestor: When are you moving?

lutefisk

whatever happened to the good old days when meth cooks took an ole winnebago out to the desert and cooked..

FUBAR

The high gas prices these days have kept the Winnebago meth dudes close to home. We get that in check and they will be back out into the desert.

pheasant

Oh yeah cool lutefisk. There are a lot of deserts in St. Croix County. WTFU! You think this is a game? And a gameboard we are leaving our young?

lutefisk

pheasant...gameboard?

RemoteEmployee
RemoteEmployee

just ignore him. he is disabled.

Snippy Dinosaur

I don't think they understood your reference. These two that got busted are definitely not producing the Heisenberg quality meth with that equipment. No volumetric flask??? Bunch of amateurs.

PMOW

Can't really follow any of the above comments except David Lee -- I'm all about people commenting, as long as the comments make sense. Glad these people are being held without bond-- keep them there.

Seriously Now
Seriously Now

Losers producing a drug that is practically a death sentence and will ruin the lives of those who use it. Be they can a slap on the wrist.

David Lee
David Lee

"Be they can a slap on the wrist" ??? Nice sentence.

pheasant

Another profound statement for Lee?

RemoteEmployee
RemoteEmployee

Ok. I have a profound question for you Phestor: When are you moving?

David Lee
David Lee

So you think his sentence makes sense? Probably do I would guess, judging from your postings.

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