Three Sioux Falls residents are in jail after police found large amounts of methamphetamine at their residence, according to officer Sam Clemens.
The Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police seized nearly 9 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $94,000 in cash, Clemens said.
"This is the largest seizure of meth in our city," Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel said.
Regina Renee Johnson and Robert Raymond Jackson, both 42, were charged with distribution of controlled, substance, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana less than two ounces and possession of paraphernalia.
Austin Jon Dalstead, 19, was arrested for distribution of controlled, substance, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana less than two ounces, possession of paraphernalia and maintaing a place where drugs are sold.
According to Clemens, Johnson rented a room at a southwest Sioux Falls hotel on Tuesday. When she checked out of the room, she apparently forgot a large amount of cash had been placed under the mattress.
When Johnson returned, the room had been rented to another patron and hotel staff refused to allow her into the room. Because of the story she gave employees, they decided to call police.
$87,340 was found in the room, according to Clemens. Detectives were able to find the person who rented the room and a traffic stop was made Wednesday afternoon around 1 p.m. on S. Shirley Ave. near the intersection with S. Louise Ave.
K-9’s alerted to the vehicle and found 8.85 pounds of methamphetamine, $3,000 cash, marijuana and paraphernalia.
A search warrant was served on the suspect’s home in the 1400 block of E. 61st St. N. That search found 14.1 grams of methamphetamine and $3,686 cash.
The house sits just off a dirt road next to a mechanic shop and near one of the busiest stretches of roads in Sioux Falls in North Cliff Avenue and Interstate 90. The house is tucked behind a convenience store, hotel and fast food restaurant.
No one answered the door at the house Thursday afternoon.
Written by: Argus Leader staff
March 28, 2013
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