Authorities in La Crosse County arrested sixteenth suspect in a major methamphetamine trafficking enterprise on Saturday.
25-year-old Kojoua Vu is charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine in excess of 50 grams spanning a time frame ranging from 2011 to 2015.
In October, members of the MEG-Unit, a drug task force that spans five counties, announced federal drug conspiracy charges against 17 adults.
"The MEG Unit has been going on since 1988 and it's in the last five years we've attempted to centralize our activities between agencies," Investigator Tom Johnson said. "We've seen some great success in the fact that people are working on cases that are interrelated between counties."
Vu's arrest this weekend leaves only one suspect, Adam Vang, still on the run from investigators.
"The natural course of the drug activity is that they've moved across lines in a much greater way," Johnson said. "The travel is easier, the cell phone technology, the social media, all of these things have served to create a more wider expansion for drug activity."
The MEG-Unit said a combination of intelligence, surveillance and controlled buys lead to the disruption of the enterprise.
Vu's bond was set at $5,000 cash. She'll return to court on February 22 for a preliminary hearing.
Over the course of the investigation, authorities believe the methamphetamine in the Coulee Region is being transported from the Twin Cities. It's also believed the drugs originate from Mexican cartels.
Johnson said in many cases, arrests like Vu's can temporarily interrupt drug activities, but usually enterprises move on to involve other players.
"What you see in a case like this is a continuity of business so to speak," he said. "This is commerce driven, this is all about the money. Many times what happens is there can be a brief interruption of activities but yet there will be a movement to other player sand the enterprise seems to continue along with other operators."