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Bond set for two arrested for manufacturing meth


LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The La Crosse Police Department said two people have been arrested after a tip about a possible meth lab at a hotel on the north side.

Laura Rud, 36, of La Crosse, was arrested for manufacturing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

A judge set a $5,000 signature bond for Rud. She is due back in court on August 6.

Brian Brainard, 27, from Lansing, was arrested for manufacturing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine materials and possession of a switch blade knife.

A judge set a $10,000 cash bond for Brainard.  He is due back in court on July 30.

Sgt. Randy Rank, La Crosse Police Department said police found a large amount of hazardous material in the hotel room, at America's Best Value Inn at 2622 Rose Street near George Street, and it was an active meth lab.

"It was a very hazardous site and we did call in Drug Enforcement Agency Hazmat Team to deal with the meth lab. They actually had to come from Chicago," Sgt. Rank said.

Chief Ron Tischer said meth labs of this nature are extremely dangerous and require extensive resources and personnel time to deal with appropriately.

"Meth labs require extensive manpower to investigate and extreme precautions when dealing with them.  Having all of these chemicals in a hotel like this situation could have been catastrophic," Tischer said.

Rud and Brainard are expected to appear in court on Thursday after police reports have been filed.

No one was injured at the hotel.  America's Best Value Inn said they are open.

Sgt. Rank said they are still investigating the meth lab.

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