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Heron Lake man slated for court appearance Monday

HERON LAKE — The Heron Lake man who was arrested last Friday after authorities seized four pounds of methamphetamines and five pounds of marijuana during a home search is expected to make his initial appearance Monday in Jackson County District Court.

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At 12:30 Jan. 24, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at 1422 Second Ave., Heron Lake, a residence owned by 51-year-old Esteban Chavez-Cruz.

In addition to the methamphetamine and marijuana, approximately $50,000 in cash and five guns were seized during the search. It was determined that the street value of the methamphetamine found is valued at $80,000. The street value for the marijuana was $7,500.

Six minor children were also found inside the residence.

Chavez-Cruz was not located inside the home during the search, but police later found him driving a van in Heron Lake. A traffic stop was initiated, but when Chavez-Cruz refused to exit the vehicle, the HEAT Team was deployed and Chavez-Cruz arrested. Authorities then proceeded to search the van and discovered approximately two additional ounces of methamphetamine.

Chavez-Cruz is formally charged with one felony count of controlled substance crime in the first degree, possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and two felony controlled substance crimes involving children.

Chavez-Cruz remains in custody under a $250,000 bond.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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