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Three arrested in Town of Campbell meth bust

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Ricky Arentz Ricky Arentz
Samuel Welda Samuel Welda
Edward Lord Edward Lord

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Three men are arrested when police discover a meth lab in an apartment on French Island.

A release from Town of Campbell Police states one of their officers and a La Crosse County Sheriff's Deputy were sent to a suspicious drug activity complaint in the 1700 Block of La Crescent Street around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

When officers arrived, they tried to speak to a man outside the apartment complex.  The man ran from officers. Officers finally caught the man but not before they had to use a Taser to subdue the combative man.

He was identified as Samuel Welda, 46, of Onalaska. He told officers he was on methamphetamine as he was being arrested.

Further investigation showed an active meth making lab in an apartment at 1738 La Crescent Street.  The renter, 49-year-old Ricky Arentz, let police into the apartment.

There investigators found methamphetamine and the equipment and chemicals to make the drugs under the kitchen sink.  Based on the hazardous chemicals they found, officers evacuated the apartment and several others in the eight-plex. Specially trained agents from the state's Division of Criminal Investigation were called down from Eau Claire to help dismantle the lab.

A Drug Enforcement Administration Hazmat team from Milwaukee was expected at the scene Tuesday afternoon to help dispose of the hazardous chemicals removed from the apartment.

The release states Arentz told investigators that in return for free methamphetamine, he would let Welda make the drugs in his apartment.  Arentz told officers they had finished a new batch of meth about 90 minutes before police arrived.

Another man, Edward Lord, 47, of La Crosse, was arrested in connection with the case.

All three men appeared in La Crosse County Court Tuesday afternoon. Lord is being held on a $5000 cash bond. Arentz and Welda were placed on signature bonds.

Formal charges against all three are expected to be filed Friday.

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