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Sioux Falls Drug Bust

December 30, 2004, 5:55 PM by Cathy McLeer

Sioux Falls Drug Bust

From marijuana to meth, Sioux Falls Police bust a ring of eight suspected drug users and dealers.

Sioux Falls Police, the Drug Task Force and Garretson Police searched three homes, two in sioux falls, and one in Garretson, then arrested 4 women and four men now facing a range of charges from misdemeanor possession to felony distribution.

Lt. Greg VandeKamp says, "We feel they were substantial in the Sioux Falls area as far as distribution goes."

Police first searched this house at South Summit Avenue and 22nd Street. What they found inside, lead to the arrest of three women.

43-year-old Teresa Jo Cadman of Sioux Falls is charged with a felony possession of a controlled substance, and two felony counts of distributing drugs.

27-year-old Rhea Yeadon, who gave a Wolf Lake Minnesota address is charged with possession of meth, and living in a house where drugs are used or sold, as is 35- year-old Kelly Lappe of Sioux Falls.

Police then searched a house in Garretson on Oak Drive and Third Street. They arrested one man at the house, and another who lived there in Sioux Falls.

27-year-old Brent Hawkinson is charged with misdemeanors for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Bryon Farmer who lived at the Garretson home is charged with two felonies for possessing methamphetamine, and Oxycontin, as well as felonies for distribution and attempted distribution of drugs.

The search of a third home at Fairfax and 8th Street in Sioux Falls lead to three more arrests.

38-year-old Sara Jensen is charged with two misdemeanors for having marijuana and drug paraphernalia and a felony for keeping a place for using or selling drugs.

44-year-old Thomas Seidschlaw is charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

and 41-year-old Willard Meeks is charged with two misdemeanors for possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, two counts of possessing controlled substances, one count of keeping a place for the use or sale of drugs, and a felony for possession of a firearm by a felon.

And these may not be the end of the arrests. "Over time there's a good chance there will be other people charged that are associate with this group but that investigation continues," says Lt. VandeKamp.

There is also the possibility of Federal drug charges. Police don't believe any of the eight were making drugs, but narcotics detectives were able to purchase "ounce" quantities of ice, which is a more pure and potent form of methamphetamine. Ounces may not seem like much, but ice is typically sold in fractions of an ounce, an eight, or a sixteenth of an ounce. An ounce of ice goes for $1,600 to $1,800 on the streets.

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