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Police seize county commissioner's shop, find 55 guns, illegal drugs

A witness accused Hamer of selling drugs from his shop.
Richard Joseph Hamer

A southwest Minnesota county commissioner has been arrested on drug charges following a seizure of his shop. 

On Feb. 27, members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a building in the 300 block of South Prairie Street, described as a "shop" that is owned by Richard Hamer, 60, a local county commissioner.

A deputy with the sheriff's office was informed by a cooperating witness that Hamer was using and selling methamphetamine at his shop, with the witness noting that they had purchased some meth from Hamer just two days earlier. 

Among the items found inside Hamer's shop were: 

  • 3 grams of methamphetamine.
  • Several pipes commonly used to smoke drugs.
  • Two scales which tested positive for meth.
  • Green leafy substance believed to be synthetic marijuana.
  • 55 firearms, including a loaded 9mm pistol.

Hamer has been charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession and a misdemeanor for possession of a synthetic cannabinoid.  

According to the Marshall Independent, Hamer – a local gravedigger – was charged with a misdemeanor in 2018 for disrupting a funeral procession in Hendricks, by pulling in front of the lead vehicle and then slowing up

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