A Florida woman is dead of an apparent drug overdose and now three people are in jail on drug charges.
The woman's body was found at the Residence Inn near the Empire Mall Thursday morning where investigators arrested three suspects and found numerous prescription drugs. According to authorities, this is a case of a cross-country drug trafficking ring gone bad.
Grady McKinney, Marvin Hollinger and Dominique St. Amand, all of Florida, are charged with manufacturing, possessing, and distributing a controlled substance. If convicted they could face 10 years in prison.
At 1:30 Thursday morning, officers responded to medical emergency call at the Residence Inn.
Upon arrival, they found a woman's body, who apparently died of a drug overdose of cocaine. They searched the woman's purse looking for identification, but also found baggies of cocaine.
Police say they then searched a rental vehicle and another hotel room and found more cocaine, along with numerous bottles of prescription drugs, including Oxycodone, Naproxen and Clonazapen.
Authorities believe the three defendants were flying back and forth between Sioux Falls and Florida dealing drugs.
They say McKinney, Hollinger and St. Amand would get written prescriptions in Florida and then travel to Sioux Falls and a couple of other states to get them filled, because it's cheaper to buy medications in those areas than in Florida.
Prosecutors said in court today, the three defendants admitted to officers they would resell the drugs in Florida for $25 a pill.
McKinney and Hollinger both have previous drug convictions. St. Amand has no prior criminal record.
All three defendants are being held on $25,000 bond. The name of the 41 year old victim has not been released yet.