Large Heroin Bust On I-29


Illegal opioids are making an even bigger entrance into South Dakota.  Minnehaha County authorities seized one of the state’s largest-ever amounts of heroin last week near Dell Rapids.  The bust also included a big seizure of fentanyl.

A wrong way driver unintentionally pointed the way to a large drug bust on Interstate 29 near the Dell Rapids exit.

“The individual’s story wasn’t straight with what he was actually doing and there were indications of possible drug activity,” Capt. Jason Gearman of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Dept. said.

Capt. Jason Gearman says deputies discovered eight pounds of heroin, along with two pounds of fentanyl stashed inside a hidden compartment in the driver’s broken down pickup.

“Which is probably one of the largest seizures of heroin at least in our state,” Gearman said.

The driver, 38-year-old  Andy Ontiveros of Minneapolis, is charged with distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance.  Gearman says it’s likely Ontiveros is part of a drug cartel.

“It’s here, we’re seeing it and this unfortunately, this was just one courier that was headed through among how many, I don’t know,” Gearman said

Investigators aren’t sure where the drugs were going to be delivered.  Gearman says heroin shows up in spurts in South Dakota, often with deadly doses of fentanyl along for the ride.

Ontiveros is being held in the Minnehaha County Jail on $200,000 cash only bond.

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