La Crosse Man Charged with Drug Crimes
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Wisconsin
MADISON, WIS. – In an indictment returned on June 28, 2023 by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison, Wisconsin, a La Crosse, Wisconsin man is charged with possessing methamphetamine for distribution and maintaining a drug house. The indictment is announced by Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
The indictment charges Alfredo Almanza, 42, with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that he possessed the methamphetamine on March 22, 2023. The indictment also charges him with using and maintaining a place in La Crosse from March 15 to March 22, 2023, for the purpose of distributing and using methamphetamine.
Almanza was arrested on Wednesday, July 12 in La Crosse by investigators with the La Crosse and Tomah Police Departments and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Almanza will make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison today.
If convicted, Almanza faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the charge of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine for distribution, and a maximum of 20 years on the charge of maintaining a drug house. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the La Crosse and Tomah Police Departments and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Ginsberg is handling the prosecution.
You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Updated July 14, 2023