Text message tip leads suspect to turn himself in

A text message tip led the Rock County Sheriff’s Office to arrest a Luverne man for four counts of fifth-degree drug possession.

Ernest Lee Anderson, 43, faces up to five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both for each count.

Sheriff Evan Verbrugge received a text message at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, stating that Anderson and a companion were at Anderson’s East Main apartment and were thought to be dealing drugs. The text also identified a vehicle, a four-door Chevrolet Equinox, by its Minnesota plate number.

The vehicle was parked in front of Anderson’s apartment. Deputies watched two men enter the vehicle and pull away. The two were later pulled over on Interstate 90.

Law enforcement determined the vehicle’s owner did not possess a valid driver’s license. When deputies pulled the vehicle over, the driver allowed the state patrol to use their drug dog in the search. No evidence of drugs was found in the vehicle.

Since neither of the men had a driver’s license, deputies took them to the Law Enforcement Center where they waited for a ride.

While waiting, the driver talked with deputies indicating he was at Anderson’s apartment and Anderson offered to sell him methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills.

A search of Anderson’s apartment at 9:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, found the place empty.

The drug dog, however, found evidence of drugs.

Outside in a utility box, officers found a small cardboard box. Among the contents were drugs later identified as dextroamphetamine, vyvance, methamphetamine and alprazolam.

On Oct. 26, Anderson turned himself in to law enforcement officials, where he was taken into custody and charged.

No court date has been set.

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