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One of eight people tied to a La Crosse drug trafficking conspiracy who was wanted for more than one year made his first court appearance Wednesday in La Crosse after his arrest last week in Chicago.

Tyrone Johnson


Tyrone Johnson, 38, is jailed on a $50,000 cash bond and charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with conspiracy to commit delivery of cocaine and heroin. He returns to court with an attorney on Feb. 9.

Prosecutors charged Johnson and seven others — Douglas Owens, Juanita Owens, Timothy Robinson, Larry Baldwin, Antjuano Green, Deante House and Nicholas House — in a heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy that was under investigation for 18 months before the first arrests in September 2016.

Douglas Owens and wife Juanita had $25,000 worth of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, when they were arrested, according to La Crosse police.

Five men involved in the case sold 18.4 grams of heroin and 5.6 grams of cocaine to police informants during 12 transactions in unspecified meeting spots between July 23, 2015, and Sept. 16, 2016, according to the complaint.

Up to 37 grams of heroin and 63 grams of cocaine were observed but not purchased during the transactions.

Informants reported buying up to 284 grams of heroin and 3.5 grams of cocaine from the Owenses and dealers working for them in 2015 and 2016, according to court records.

Local and state investigators witnessed 12 people sell drugs 85 times between Aug. 1 and Sept. 23, 2016, in the parking lot of the couple’s apartment at 1206 S. West Ave.

The cases against the Owenses, the Houses and Green are pending. Robinson and Baldwin were placed on probation.

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