Traffic stop results in three meth arrests

PIPESTONE – A 64-year-old Avoca man is in the Pipestone County Jail after being arrested last week for selling methamphetamine. The arrest also included a woman from Iona and a man from Pipestone.

Donald Lee Anderson is charged with second-degree controlled substance sale and third-degree driving while impaired – test refusal. The criminal complaint states authorities stopped his truck in Pipestone for traffic infractions. The Pipestone County deputy ran the truck’s plates and learned the owner, Anderson, has a suspended license.

During a traffic stop, Anderson and his passenger, 22-year-old Alecia Burks of Iona, both allegedly exhibited signs of being under the influence of a stimulant, the complaint states. Anderson refused to do field testing. A K-9 officer indicated the presence of controlled substances during a sniff, and the subsequent search turned up a Crown Royal bag under the driver seat that contained multiple small baggies of meth, a digital scale and a container of a powdery substance. Anderson also had $450 in cash on his person.

Burks told authorities Anderson had picked her up and brought her to Pete’s house in Pipestone, where Anderson allegedly sold the man three 8-balls of meth.

With that information, a search warrant was obtained and Pedro "Pete" Luttrell, age 49, of Pipestone was arrested for third-degree meth possession. Luttrell, who is a former neighbor of Anderson, admitted he had purchased the meth for $450 cash from Anderson, and authorities found 10.79 grams of meth on the premises, including some on Luttrell’s person. Also found in the home were needles, pipes, scales and straws with traces of meth.

Anderson’s bail was set at $15,000 with standard conditions. As of Tuesday, he was still in jail. Luttrell, charged with third-degree controlled substance possession, bonded out at $10,000 with conditions.

Burks, whose bail was set at $2,500 with conditions for a fifth-degree controlled substance possession charge, is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail.

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