Tips led Sioux Falls police to the city's latest meth bust, just blocks from Axtell Park Middle School in central Sioux Falls.
Tips from the public and past drug investigations led Sioux Falls police to a large methamphetamine bust at a house on North West Avenue. In addition to finding 15 grams of meth and pipes, police also found baggies and scales, indicating drug dealing.
Police arrested Laura Crookham, 51, and William Cooper, 35, both of Sioux Falls for possession of meth and other drug paraphernalia and inhabiting a room where drugs were being used. Teresa Peterson, 53, lived in the home. Peterson faces additional charges for distributing meth out of her home.
Police say this latest meth bust will include charges of possession of drugs in a drug-free zone because Axtell Park Middle School is less than two blocks away.
Adam Scholten lives directly across the street from the middle school. While he hasn't seen anything suspicious, his friends have told him about other drug busts in the neighborhood.
"They probably don't think too clearly when they're so deeply involved with it," Scholten said.
While there have been numerous drug busts along this street in the past few months, police don't believe meth use is up, just holding steady.
"It doesn't necessarily paint a pretty picture when we make all the drug busts one after another, but when you look at it from the other side that's just more drugs that are off the street and people that are behind bars," Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said.
Police expect more arrests in connection with this bust.