RENVILLE COUNTY, Minn. - A man faces drug and gun charges after being caught in a major, multi-agency sting in southwestern Minnesota.
A search warrant executed Monday in the city of Hector resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and at least 4 pounds of marijuana inside a home about one block from a city park.
Justin Andrew Walker of Hector is being charged with first degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, third degree possession of meth in a park zone, fourth degree sale of marijuana in a park zone and possession with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
During the search the Brown, Lyon, Redwood and Renville County drug task force unit along with agents from the BCA, Hector Police and Renville County Sheriff's Department located four pounds of marijuana hanging to dry and an additional tub containing marijuana. Nearly two grams of methamphetamine was discovered in a pill bottle bearing Walker's name. Also located were needles, cotton balls, a spoon with white residue, a grinder and a scale as well as numerous plastic bags.
Agents also found a large duffel bag contained hoses, jugs, lithium batteries, camping fuel, drain cleaner, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine and other items that were covered in a white powder residue. The BCA confirmed it was a portable lab used for making meth.
Two firearms were discovered in a vehicle parked outside.
Authorities say Walker has a criminal history that includes being a fugitive of justice after failing to appear in a South Dakota court case. He was convicted of controlled substance crimes in the past along with domestic assault and theft.
Charges were filed in Renville County District Court, the investigation continues and more arrests are possible.
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