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La Crosse man arrested for dealing meth months after release from prison
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La Crosse man arrested for dealing meth months after release from prison

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Edward Branson

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A La Crosse man who was released from prison for drug charges in August is back in the La Crosse County Jail after he was accused of dealing methamphetamine.

Edward L. Branson, 56, was arrested Thursday on charges of delivering 10 to 50 milligrams of meth and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Branson has yet to be charged; however, Judge Todd Bjerke found probable cause to hold him on a $25,000 cash bond Friday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Branson was found guilty in 2017 of second-offense possession with intent to deliver meth as a repeat offender and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

He was released from prison in August 2019 and is on probation.

Bjerke noted the first allegation in the pending case stems from a Sept. 24 incident. Branson is scheduled to return Jan. 7 to be charged.

Branson also was arrested in 2010 for drunken driving eight days after being released from a five-year prison sentence for the same offense. In that case, he was charged with third-offense drunken driving.


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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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