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Pot carrying train passenger appears in court

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Reuben Dudenbostel Reuben Dudenbostel
Police photo of marijuana found in Dudenbostel's bag. Police photo of marijuana found in Dudenbostel's bag.
7.4 pounds of marijuana seized at the Amtrak depot by La Crosse Police 7.4 pounds of marijuana seized at the Amtrak depot by La Crosse Police

UPDATED: LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW) – A court appearance Wednesday for the man arrested in connection with seven and a half pounds of marijuana seized on an Amtrak train.

25-year-old Reuben Dudenbostel, lives with his grandparents in Boscobel, is being held on a $25,000 cash bond in the La Crosse County Jail.

He's expected back in court Friday for formal charges and a criminal complaint.

La Crosse Police and a Holmen K-9 Unit contacted 25-year Dudenbostel as he left the train.

The dog detected drugs in duffel bag he was carrying.

The drugs have a street value of $30,000, Lt. Pat Hogan, La Crosse Police Department said.

Local authorities were acting on a tip from the Portland, Ore. Amtrak Police that Dudenbostel was acting suspicious and nervous as he boarded the train.

His trip from Oregon lasted two days; Lt. Hogan said that gave them plenty of time to put a plan in place.

La Crosse asked for help from the Holmen K-9 Unit because La Crosse's K-9 Units were scheduled for evening shifts.

"It's well worth the cooperation that was going on and its just good to have the drugs off the streets, they didn't even hit the streets," Hogan said. "It's making La Crosse a safer community and hopefully a drug free community."

Lt. Hogan couldn't tell us why Dudenbostel wasn't stopped in Oregon as he boarded the train and doesn't know where he was planning on bringing the marijuana.

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On March 21, 2014, this story was edited to correct a the name of person mis-identified as Reuben Dudenbostel. 

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