A Texas carnival worker is on trial this week in Sioux Falls after authorities intercepted a package of crack cocaine that was supposed to be delivered during the Sioux Empire Fair.
John Whitfield Junior, 55 of Houston, Texas, is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and several other drug charges after undercover detectives got a hold of a package that had a doll with more than 30 grams of crack cocaine inside. Whitfield, also known as 'Big John,' was the foreman of the children’s' rides at the fair.
Investigators were tipped off about the delivery by Texas authorities. When they intercepted the package they found a Lalaloopsy Doll. Inside the doll was more than 30 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of more than $3,000.
Another carnival worker, Louis Deak, came to pick up the package at a Sioux Falls hotel and when detectives questioned him about its contents he said he was picking it up for Whitfield who was his carnival boss at the Sioux Empire Fair.
Officers tracked down Whitfield at the fairgrounds and he gave them permission to search the truck he lived in. Inside they found a similar doll to the one that was in the package, a pipe with cocaine residue, and a small amount of marijuana.
However, in court Monday Whitfield's attorney, Betsy Doyle, said that at least two other people lived in the same truck with Whitfield, and added that Whitfield never possessed or saw the package that was supposed to be delivered to him. Doyle also pointed out no scales or baggies were found which would indicate a drug dealing operation.
Deak took the stand Monday afternoon to testify in the case. He said that Whitfield 'looked out for him' while he worked for the carnival. Deak said he would always run errands for Whitfield and 'didn't think anything of it,' when Whitfield asked him to pick up the package.
The trial is expected to last until Wednesday.