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Documents: Murder Victim's Girlfriend 'Drug Supplier'

January 15, 2014, 5:41 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Documents: Murder Victim's Girlfriend 'Drug Supplier'

Court documents paint the girlfriend of a Sioux Falls murder victim as a major marijuana dealer in the city.

Faith Rasmussen, 20, was the girlfriend of 20-year-old Jordan LeBeau, who was shot and killed in his Sioux Falls home during a botched robbery in December.

Rasmussen is facing charges for possessing the prescription drugs Oxycontin and Xanax, as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession. But court documents detail more serious accusations against Rasmussen, calling her the 'hook' who supplied large amounts of marijuana to dealers in Sioux Falls - dealers who included LeBeau and some of the men charged in connection with his murder. Documents say Rasmussen would receive 10 to 30 pound shipments of marijuana at a time.

Rasmussen made her initial appearance in court Wednesday after authorities arrested her just a week after LeBeau was murdered. She pleaded not guilty to the drug charges she faces and her attorney, Shawn Tornow, said they had no comment on the case after court.

According to an affidavit filed with a search warrant for Rasmussen's southeastern Sioux Falls home a Division of Criminal Investigation Agent says investigators started getting tips about Rasmussen a year ago when they arrested one of her distributors who said Rasmussen kept marijuana in storage units around Sioux Falls.

The documents go on to say Rasmussen was at one time dating 20-year-old Kevin Rice who made $300,000 in one year dealing for her. Rice was also arrested in connection with LeBeau's murder for allegedly recruiting two Watertown teens to rob LeBeau in early December.

The affidavit also says Rasmussen started dating LeBeau just months before his murder, because he knew 'how to manage money,' and she was known to lose all her profits.

According to investigators 18-year-old Brian David Anderson and 17-year-old Trevor Kruthoff were recruited by Rice to rob LeBeau because they heard there was $100,000 in the home. Court documents say more than $88,000 and marijuana were found in LeBeau's bedroom after his murder.

Documents also say after LeBeau was killed, Rasmussen sent a text message to another former boyfriend saying, "Jordan is dead, clean out my house."

Rasmussen is not charged with distribution because authorities only found less than two ounces of marijuana which is a misdemeanor charge.

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