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La Crosse Man Sentenced for Possessing Meth

November 8, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tang Vue, 26, La Crosse, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 63 months in federal prison for possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Vue pleaded guilty to this charge on August 27, 2012.

On December 8, 2011, at approximately 2:30 a.m., an officer from the La Crosse Police Department observed a man who was wearing a black backpack. As the officer approached the intersection where the man was walking, the man took off running and was eventually identified getting into a taxi cab and leaving the area.

Upon stopping the taxi cab, law enforcement agents asked the lone passenger, later identified as Tang Vue, to step out of the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, officers conducted a pat-down search of Vue and removed a .22 caliber pistol with a fully loaded magazine from Vue’s pocket. Immediately after officers retrieved the gun, Vue fled the scene on foot and was later apprehended by other officers.

After apprehending Vue, officers recovered two backpacks from the back of the taxi cab. Inside one of the backpacks, officers found approximately 80 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine, marijuana, 29 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, hundreds of empty zip-lock baggies commonly used to package drugs, and a digital scale.

The charges against Vue were the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.


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