Drugs, cash and guns seized in Heron Lake

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HERON LAKE – Authorities seized four pounds of methamphetamines and five pounds of marijuana during a search early Friday morning at a residence in Heron Lake.

Assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 12:30 a.m. Friday at 1422 Second Avenue in Heron Lake, owned by 51-year-old Esteban Chavez-Cruz. Besides the meth and marijuana, authorities found $50,000 in cash and seized five guns. The items were located in an upstairs bedroom in hidden compartments beneath the floor.

Chavez-Cruz was not found inside at the time the search was executed, but law enforcement located him driving a van in the city of Heron Lake. A traffic stop was initiated, but, Chavez-Cruz refused to exit the vehicle. The HEAT Team was deployed and Chavez-Cruz was arrested without incident. Authorities searched the van and located approximately 2 addition ounces of methamphetamine.

Six minor children were found inside the residence at the time the search warrant was executed.

Street value of the methamphetamine is valued at approximately $80,000. Street value of the marijuana was valued at $7,500.

Chavez-Cruz is formerly charged with one felony count of controlled substance crime in the 1st degree, possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of 5th possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and two felony controlled substance crimes involving children.

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