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Willmar man sentenced to nine years in prison for meth

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.

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.

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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