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Car Salesman Say Drug Bust Came As Surprise

January 31, 2014, 5:51 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Car Salesman Say Drug Bust Came As Surprise

Two men are behind bars and another is on the run after a Sioux Falls drug bust.

Officers descended on a Sioux Falls car lot at the intersection of 10th and Franklin near downtown Sioux Falls Thursday afternoon where they found drugs in a downstairs apartment - upstairs salesmen at the car lot say they were caught in the middle.

"I never saw that many policemen in my life. It was just a wow factor," Class Auto Sales and Detail salesmen Raymond Deauville said.

"I was in the process of selling a Cadillac Escalade and the place got surrounded by DEA agents," salesman Chad Blair said.

The salesmen at Class Auto Sales and Detail say they were handcuffed as investigators searched the business high and low.

"They searched the car lot office, they searched the garage and they found nothing," Blair said.

But when agents went to the back-alley apartment attached to the business they found small amounts of meth, marijuana, steroids and drug paraphernalia inside along with a handgun and 44-year-old Chad Carpenter and 40-year-old Ronnie Shaw who was just released from federal prison on drug charges two weeks ago.

A third man, 31-year-old Larry Zamora Junior ran. He's still at large.

The salesmen say they had no idea that drug activity was happening under their feet.

"I don't know what goes on downstairs. Basically I work up top and that's all I do is work up top. I do the paperwork and sell cars. It had nothing to do with this business though," Deauville said.

"It's probably not good that illegal narcotics are going on down in the basement of a car lot but I'm not here to babysit them and neither are the other employees," Blair said.

And while they were caught in the middle the salesmen are glad police broke up what was going on in the basement.

"It makes me feel better selling cars to customers when there are not drug dealers downstairs or in the trailer park right next door to the car lot," Blair said.

In court Friday a defense attorney says Shaw was supposed to start a new job Monday after being released from prison; he's being held on a $1,000 bond.

Carpenter told the judge he didn't live at the apartment and that no drugs were found on him. He was released from jail Friday afternoon

Investigators say if you have any information on Larry Zamora's whereabouts call Sioux Falls Police.

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