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WPD aids in large drug sting in eastern South Dakota

Ten people arrested on federal drug charges; four on state drug charges.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) worked with state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement partners — including the Worthington Police Department — last week on an enforcement activity in six cities of eastern South Dakota.

As a result, 10 people were arrested on federal drug charges and four people on state drug charges. Agents located and seized methamphetamine and eight firearms at multiple properties.

Search and arrest warrants were served at eight locations in Baltic, Dell Rapids, Eagan, Flandreau, Sioux Falls and Trent, South Dakota , as investigators targeted significant drug threats in these communities. Individuals were charged with multiple federal counts including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The Dec. 9 operation involved the work of investigators with the Flandreau Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Moody County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol along with the Worthington, Minn. Police Department. Federal law enforcement partners include the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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