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Three arrested in drug investigation at Tomah VA
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Three people were arrested last week as a result of a joint investigation among the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Police, the Tomah Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department in Sparta.

On July 20, the investigation led to the arrest of Bernard Jackson, 60, of Tomah, a Tomah VAMC employee, for selling illegal narcotics on Tomah VAMC property.

While conducting the investigation, it was determined that the narcotics purchased from Jackson had been provided to him by Alisa Hamley, 49, of Sparta. Hamley was subsequently arrested.

On July 21, the investigation led to the arrest of Elijah Pates, 61, of Tomah after it was determined that Pates attempted to sell medications to a veteran at the Tomah VAMC campus.

All three were arrested and transported to the Monroe County Jail in Sparta, where they await court hearings.

“The Tomah VAMC applauds these actions as they play a critical role in supporting the safety and welfare of the veterans in our care,” Matthew Gowan of the Tomah VAMC public affairs office said in a statement.