The Brown/Lyon/Redwood /Renville Drug Task Force ended an investigation that led to the arrest of Donald Jay Braaten, 37, of Echo. Braaten was wanted on a felony arrest warrant out of Lyon County.
Information led agents to the City of Granite Falls, where they observed Braaten enter a vehicle. Agents were able to perform a follow of Braaten to the City of Sacred Heart located in Renville County.
With the assistance of the Renville County Sheriff’s Department, Braaten was taken into custody without incident.
After the arrest, a search warrant was executed on the vehicle Braaten was transported in. During the search, a .45 caliber handgun with ammunition was located on the floor in the area where Braaten was seated.
Also located in the search was a small amount of methamphetamine and numerous items to use the substance.
The investigation resulted in Braaten being charged with five separate felony charges of a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, first-degree sale of controlled substance, along with other charges of controlled substances.
Braaten was charged and will be prosecuted through the Renville County Attorney’s office.