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Nearly two pounds of cocaine seized in Tomah drug arrests

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Danny Mercado - Photos courtesy Monroe Co. Sheriff's Dept. Danny Mercado - Photos courtesy Monroe Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Tips to Tomah police leads to the arrest of two men and the discovery of cocaine worth more than $80,000.

Chief Mark Nicholson released a statement Monday regarding the arrests which occurred on Saturday. Investigators got information that two men were bringing a large amount of cocaine to distribute in the Camp Douglas and Tomah areas. Based on that information, an undercover officer arranged to buy ten ounces of cocaine for $10,000. 

When one of the suspects, Jesus Sanchez, met with the officer, he was arrested while holding eight ounces of cocaine. The other suspect, Danny Mercado, was arrested nearby. A search of Mercado turned up a motel key which led to officers finding another 21 ounces of cocaine plus $13,000 cash. 

Chief Nicholson said the drugs were worth approximately $82,000.

Online court records show both men appeared in Monroe County Circuit Court Monday.  Each man remains jailed in the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

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