DILWORTH (AP) -- A tip from Wal-Mart employees who noticed suspicious buying patterns led to drug charges against four people found outside the discount store in this western Minnesota town.
Robert Weis, 45, Bemidji, was charged on Wednesday in Clay County District Court with conspiracy to commit a first-degree controlled substance crime.
He was also charged with illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used to make methamphetamine.
Lloyd Cermak, 44, and Rebecca Cermak, 32, both of Lake George, and Serena Troxel, 24, Laporte, were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree controlled substance crimes.
Dilworth police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot about 6 a.m. Tuesday after employees reported suspicious ephedrine purchases, court records said.
Ephedrine is one of the ingredients needed to make meth. It can be found in over-the-counter cold medicine, rubbing alcohol and drain cleaner.
Wal-Mart employees told police that four people each purchased seven ephedrine boxes then ran out of the store.
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