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Two arrested on meth charges

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Two suspects, one from Evansville, were arrested Saturday for allegedly transporting methamphetamine.

They are Duane Lawrence Hamilton of Evansville and Erwin Orin Rendon of Beardsley.

Agents from the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension learned that Hamilton was traveling to the Twin Cities area to purchase meth and would be returning to the Pope/Douglas County area.

They followed Hamilton's vehicle to Pope County and with assistance from the State Patrol, stopped the vehicle.

Hamilton and Rendon were arrested at the scene without incident and authorities said they had 90 grams of meth, which has a street value of between $16,000 and $18,000.

Agents also seized more than $1,300 in currency from the suspects.

They were both charged with first degree controlled substance crimes in Pope County. If convicted, they face a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Hamilton was also charged with second degree controlled substance crime, selling meth, from incidents that occurred in Douglas County. Hamilton allegedly sold more than 7 grams of meth to undercover agents.

The BCA, State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Pope County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation.