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Neighbors React to Drug Free Zone Drug Bust

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If you have kids, you probably worry about keeping them safe from drugs.

KSFY News talked to several people Tuesday about a drug bust in their own neighborhood.

A Drug Free Zone is supposed to be a safe zone for kids.  An area where parents can feel reassured that kids are safe to play or go to school.

Sioux Falls resident Celeste Brace says she was shocked police arrested four people on drug charges, just down the street from her house.

"It's a scary thought, like, having something like that happen. It's not something that I would want in this neighborhood. Especially since there is a middle school right up the street and then we have this park right here," Brave said.

A drug bust at this house in the 200-block of Nesmith, just steps away from Heritage Park and only a few blocks away from Whittier Middle School, landed four individuals in jail.

Police say they found 40 grams of Methamphetamine on Derek Evans, violating the Drug Free Zone.

"The way the law is worded, it's almost an enhancement it's a second, if a person's convicted, they face additional time just for being in and having drugs in that community's safe zone," police said.

Evans and three others made their initial appearance in court Tuesday to face charges. 

Police arrested and charged Evans, 25, with violation of a Drug Free Zone and four additional drug charges.

Police also arrested Toma Schumacher, 35, at the residence for possession and two other related charges.

Police arrested and charged two others found at the scene, Robert Almont, 42, of Sioux Falls, and Nita Goldman, 54, of Lander, Wyoming.

While Brave tries to shield her kids from drugs, police say they found two young children belonging to Evans and Schumacher at their house on Nesmith.

"It's scary, having kids in a house where drugs are around. When we find this quantity of meth, there's meth residue inside the house, so obviously the drugs were being used in the house and most likely sold out of the house as well," police said.

Those children have been taken into protective custody.

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