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Hernandez charged for stolen gun, drugs

By Gretchen Schlosser

WILLMAR — Angel Hernandez, 32, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Friday on four felony charges of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a convicted felon, drug possession and receiving stolen property for a possessing a stolen .38-caliber pistol, 77 grams of marijuana and 1.4 lbs. of synthetic marijuana found during a search of his Regency Estates West residence.

According to the criminal complaint against Hernandez, CEE-VI Drug Task Force and Willmar Police GET team members served the warrant around 1 a.m. Wednesday and located evidence that Hernandez was buying incense via the Internet and using the incense to make synthetic marijuana.

Unconditional bail was set at $200,000. Hernandez’ next appearance is March 21 in Kandiyohi County District Court. He also faces gross misdemeanor charges of possessing synthetic cannabinoid with intent to sell and child endangerment, plus a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the complaint, officers served the warrant and were met by Hernandez at the door of the trailer. He was taken into custody and officers found $2,160 in cash in his pockets.

An 18-month-old child was also at the home, in a chair that was 1 foot away from controlled substances.

The search revealed more cash, the marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid in multiple places in the home, narcotic medications, multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia including a water bong on the kitchen window sill, digital scales, shipping boxes and envelopes, a metal detector, a “Whizzanator” and the .38-caliber Ruger, which was hidden in the video cassette case for a “Lord of the Flies” movie. The serial number on the gun traced back to a gun reported stolen in April 2012.

Hernandez was convicted of making terroristic threats in February 1999 in Kandiyohi County.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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