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Willmar man arrested on New Year's Eve, pleads guilty to drug charge

WILLMAR -- Lance Joel Cameron, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended second-degree drug possession charge for possessing 52 grams of methamphetamine found in his vehicle on New Year's Eve.

As part of a plea ag-reement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was re-duced from first-degree and another first-degree drug sale charge and a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation -- inimical to public safety will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Sept. 2.

Cameron and Vanessa Ramirez, 23, of Litchfield, were both charged after the incident. However, the charges against Ramirez were dismissed in May for lack of probable cause.

The charges were filed after Dec. 31, when a Willmar police officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle he recognized as belonging to Cameron, whom the officer had previously arrested 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 Ramirez -- and then located Cameron nearby. Cameron ran from the officer.

A stun gun was required to arrest him. Upon searching him, officers discovered Cameron 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.

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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