A series of events Wednesday morning led the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police Department to seize about 9 pounds of methamphetamine and over $94,000 cash. A woman rented a hotel room in southwest Sioux Falls and upon checkout, forgot a large amount of cash under the mattress. Employees were suspicious of her story to re-enter the room and called police. Chief Doug Barthel says the amount of drugs seized equals about a half of a million dollars on the street.
“This definitely is a significant drug bust in our city. I went back in recent history and as far as I can recall, this is the largest seizure of methamphetamine that we’ve had in our city. There’s no question that this will have a definite impact on the drug trade in our city, says Barthel.”
Arrested were 42 year old Regina Renee Johnson, Robert Raymond Jackson also 42 years old and 19 year old Austin Jon Dalstead. All of the individuals are Sioux Falls residents.