The La Crosse Police Department is disgusted that once again we have arrested yet another repeat offender for dealing narcotics in the La Crosse community. The dealer, Raymond R. Lewis (D.O.B. 02/26/1980) was released from prison on March 9th, 2017.  That’s just 105 days ago!!!  Lewis was in prison because the La Crosse Police Department arrested him on June 29, 2012 for drug charges and resisting arrest in which an officer was injured. In that case, Lewis plead guilty to Possession w/ Intent to Deliver Cocaine >40g and Resisting Arrest causing substantial bodily harm to an officer.

Last night, June 20, 2017 at 9:48PM, the La Crosse Police Department’s Investigative Bureau, along with the Emergency Response Team, conducted a search warrant at 2826 South Avenue. During this search warrant, Raymond R. Lewis was arrested for multiple drug offenses, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Mr. Lewis’s behavior continues to present a danger to the citizens of La Crosse, as he has progressed to possessing weapons to protect his drug trade.   Asst. Chief Abraham stated, “I challenge the La Crosse County criminal justice system to send a clear message that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated.  It is time we start putting the concerns of our community’s safety before the concerns of the offender.  In 2012, the State (Prosecutor) asked for 22 years confinement, and the presiding judge only gave Mr. Lewis six years, apparently that wasn’t enough.”

During the course of last night’s warrant, the following items were seized:

  • 2g of Methamphetamine
  • 34g of Heroin
  • 27.4g of Cocaine
  • $520.00 United States Currency
  • A .22 caliber handgun

The following individuals were arrested as a part of this investigation and charged with the following:

Raymond R. Lewis (Again)

  • Delivery of Cocaine – 961.41(1) (CM) 1g
  • Delivery of Methamphetamine – 961.41(1) (e)(1)
  • Maintaining a Drug House – 961.42(1)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 961.573(1)
  • Possession w/ Intent to Deliver Meth – 961.41(1m) (e) 1
  • Possession w/ Intent to Deliver Cocaine – 961.41(1m) (cm) (3)
  • Possession w/ Intent to Deliver Heroin – 961.41(1m) (d) (3)
  • Possession of THC – 961.41(3g) (B)
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm – 941.29(2) (a)
  • Probation Hold

Christina A. Joswick (Lewis’ Fiancé)

  • Maintaining a Drug House – 961.42(1)
  • Possession w/ Intent to Deliver Cocaine – 96141(1m) (cm) (3)
  • Possession w/ Intent to Deliver Heroin – 961.41(1m) (d)(3)
  • Possession of THC – 961.41(3g) (B)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 961.573(1)

Tiffany Marie Ellenbolt

  • Probation Warrant





  1. Anonymous 06/22/2017 at 8:22 AM #

    Yep, it really a sad situation. I trying to grasp how I would feel as a judge if I kept getting dupped by lowlife criminals and being made to look like a complete fool. Oh well carry on judges and keep up your liberal agenda. You fools!!!

  2. Mark M. 06/22/2017 at 1:25 AM #

    According to the La Crosse Tribune, Lewis was sentenced in July 2013 to six years in prison by Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke. Prosecutors and investigators had asked for 15 years. He was released in March 2017. Why was he released over two years early?

  3. Jeff Ferguson 06/21/2017 at 7:10 PM #

    Just a thought Rob A & Chief Tischer, How about a Town Hall Meeting with all of judges, the D.D. & all A.D.A.’s to be held at the La Crosse Center AND Announce it 2 weeks ahead of time in all forms of news networks. Have it set up so that the Police Department can ask ANY Question to the Judicial Officers. Also a chance for the public to ask questions of their own.

  4. sampleivan 06/21/2017 at 2:32 PM #

    La Crosse is a great community and they don’t need scum bags living in it. I can remember when we where able to leave our doors open and everybody got a long just fine. We had our share of drugs on the streets but nothing like this. La Crosse County, please send these scum bags and any other like them a clear message. Let them know that this unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Give them long lengthy prison sentences.

  5. Rob 06/21/2017 at 1:32 PM #

    But they don’t get the message in lacrosse cause they know they will get off here easy that’s why they come here!! We have a great police department only if we are judges to help out remmber this people

  6. Jayne Niebuhr 06/21/2017 at 12:38 PM #

    This is so sad. There is no way the police can stop drugs in the city. What don’t the judges get. They are way too lenient. What can be done?

  7. Jim 06/21/2017 at 12:23 PM #

    Well done. Keep up the good fight.

  8. Pettyfogger 06/21/2017 at 12:16 PM #

    I think the ship Rob Abraham is seeking has long ago sailed; with our courts and the DA’s office overwhelmingly occupied by Democrats who seem instinctively to look on the Rule of Law and any reasonable application of it as a great campaign stance, to be ignored while they coddle the guilty (becoming self-anointed champions of the ‘downtrodden’) until just before the next election.

    • Anonymous 06/21/2017 at 1:38 PM #

      Pettyfogger it’s the judges mainly and it doesn’t matter political party. No one wants to fill the jails as they are over 140% capacity now. I say build a new prison, but both parties are not for it.

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