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Willmar man sentenced to nine years in prison for meth

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Lance Joel Cameron, 28, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 117 months in prison on a second-degree charge for possessing 52 grams of methamphetamine.

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Cameron was also ordered to pay a $50 fine and was given credit for 245 days already se-rved in jail. As part of a plea agreement in Ka-ndiyohi Cou-nty District Court, the charge was reduced and another first-degree drug sale charge and a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation -- inimical to public safety were dismissed.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer on patrol Dec. 31 observed a vehicle he recognized as Cameron's. The officer had previously arrested Cameron for driving after cancellation -- inimical to public safety.

The officer turned his squad car around and followed the vehicle, which turned onto a side street and spun out, coming to a stop in a snow bank.

The officer checked the status of the passenger, identified as Vanessa Ramirez, 23, of Litchfield, and then located Cameron nearby. Cameron ran from the officer.

A stun gun was required to arrest him. Upon searching Cameron, officers discovered he was in possession of a gram of meth and $1,928 in cash.

The vehicle was searched and officers found a total of 51 grams of meth inside multiple bags in a backpack. Also located was a scale and glass pipe with white residue.

Cameron's criminal history includes third-degree drug convictions in November 2000 and April 2006. Charges against Ramirez were dismissed in May for lack of probable cause.

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