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Erhard meth dealer gets six years in prison [UPDATED]

Published 3:44pm Thursday, December 9, 2010 Updated 11:00am Friday, December 10, 2010

An Erhard man is headed to prison for six years and two months after a search warrant revealed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at his home.

Curtis Errol Nelson, 43, received his sentence on Monday for first degree possession of 25 grams or more of methamphetamine. He was also charged with first and fifth degree sale of meth charges, as well as possessing a pistol after being convicted of a violent crime, but those charges were dismissed.

In addition to his prison term, Nelson was fined 250. The sentence was handed down by District Court Judge Barbara Hanson.

According to the criminal complaint, the West Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on May 17 at Nelson’s residence of 19713 County Highway 24. When task force agents, sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Fergus Falls Police Department arrived on the scene, they found Nelson and several other men, two of whom admitted to receiving meth from Nelson.

A search of Nelson’s residence yielded meth hidden in various places around both his home and the camper of another man on the property, including in some kitchen cupboards and some that had been hastily thrown in a garbage can as officers arrived. The mother lode, however, was found inside a hollowed-out plastic baseball hidden underneath a toilet plunger in one of Nelson’s bathroom. Over 50 grams of meth were found inside the baseball.

The complaint stated that Nelson admitted to selling meth to keep afloat financially. His wallet was confiscated at the time of his arrest, and officers found over $2,000 in cash inside.

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  • DogLover

    Daily Journal staff really need to use Spellcheck! As a sign of respect Honorable or Judge should be in front of Judge Barbara Hanson’s name. Guess maybe a degree in Journalism isn’t needed anymore?

    • Ryan Howard

      Thanks for the catch! It’s changed now. We had a slight confusion over AP style there.

    • chevy lee

      A little mean there its a local paper not new york times. Do you have a degree in the field you work in? I think they do a good job rewriting police and sheriff reports, court records and other news papers. But only because there’s no real news to report.

      • DogLover

        As a matter of fact… yes and yes. And I do have a college degree. It wasn’t meant as a slam, just pointing out respect. And yes, there is a degree needed for journalism, and yes I know the staff pride themselves on their work. Sometimes a person just gets hurried and it just “looks” unprofessional. Yes, local paper, but they are most likely working towards bigger things. Their stories will someday be in a portfolio. Guess I’m just helping them with a daily check. Journal staff… no disrespect in my comments.

  • Gary Llewellyn

    It’s ironic that Chevy is giving DogLover the business for giving the Daily Journal the business about their journalistic integrity-when Chevy himself has given the daily journal the “business.”

    “sat was the 11th and wed is the 15th unless u mean next year then why are you telling people now. Maybe should look at a calender before you type”

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