Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 26, 2003

Tip leads to meth arrest

By Ryan Gueningsman

A tip led officers to believe that a young adult male with a felony warrant out for his arrest was at 95 Central Avenue in Lester Prairie Tuesday.

After obtaining permission from the homeowner to get the man out of the home, police tried to call the home and knock on the door, but no one answered.

"The male we believed was inside has made comments that he intends to do harm to someone," said Lester Prairie Police Chief Bob Carlson. "So, we wanted to get this guy. Due to the fact there were threats and a felony warrant, we took the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and the public."

The Lester Prairie Police, Winsted Police, Glencoe Police, McLeod County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer all assisted in this search.

After setting up a game plan, an officer spotted four individuals coming out of the house onto the back porch.

Three were searched and released because they were not in violation of the law, Carlson said.

The fourth, Terrance John Armentrout, 22, of Glencoe was also searched and a plastic container holding white powder was found in his sock, according to a criminal complaint. Armentrout said that it was "crank." It was field tested and proved to be a usable quantity of methamphetamine.

Armentrout is facing one charge of possession of a controlled substance, which yields a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

A second home in the 100 block of First Avenue was also searched that same afternoon in relation to trying to find the individual related to the warrant.

"Based on information from the Glencoe Police Department, and the fact that occupants of these two homes have been associated, we searched that house as well," Carlson said.

"That case is still under investigation, so the name won't be released until a later date," Carlson said.

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