It's the largest meth bust in Sioux Falls history. In March Sioux Falls Police seized nearly nine pounds of meth worth a half million dollars. Now, two of the suspects arrested have pleaded guilty to federal charges and are facing life in prison.
Robert Raymond Jackson, 43, and 43-year-old Regina Johnson were arrested in March after Johnson went back to a Sioux Falls hotel asking to get back into a room she had rented. It was a suspicious request that led to the massive meth seizure.
Jackson pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug distribution charge following a similar plea from Johnson that was entered Thursday.
The Sioux Falls Drug Task Force was led to the pair in March when Johnson said she left money in a Sioux Falls hotel. When hotel workers got suspicious about the request they called police who discovered more than $87,000 in cash stuffed between the mattresses.
That discovery led police to pull over Johnson's SUV later in the day. Johnson and Jackson were both inside the vehicle along with camouflage tubes. Inside the tubes were nine one pound bricks of methamphetamine. Police also found drug paraphernalia and seized even more money - $94,000 in cash.
Jackson has a prior drug conviction and he has had treatment for substance abuse before. In 2006 he was treated for a meth addiction and in 1998 he was treated for an alcohol addiction.
With Friday's plea Jackson faces a minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars.
Johnson could also go to prison for the rest of her life for her role in the major meth bust.
Sioux Falls Police do not believe Johnson and Jackson were making the meth but believe they received it in a shipment from the Southwest part of the country.
Johnson and Jackson will be sentenced on November 25th.
Two other co-defendants have been charged in federal court in connection with the bust, including Johnson's son, but are preparing to take their cases to trial.