Neighbors and students relieved after meth bust, arrest
Three people are behind bars, Thursday, and facing charges of meth and marijuana.
It happened at a rental home along the 2200 block of South Grange Avenue near 30th Street, across the street from the Augustana College campus. The suspects arrested are: Heather Schmidt, 37, Nicholas Sherard, 24, and Jonathan Wallace, 18.
The Sioux Falls Drug Task Force served a warrant, Wednesday, at the home. During their search, they found several objects needed for operating a meth lab and marijuana.
The three suspects were arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a place where drugs are kept, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
James Dravland and his wife Lois have lived in their Central Sioux Falls home since the late 1970s. They tell KSFY News, other than some noise and traffic, there's not much they'd change about their neighborhood. They know that's to be expected in a college neighborhood. However, police arresting three suspects on meth charges was not.
"I don't recall being as close to something like that as I am here now. I'm glad it's being taken care of and out of the neighborhood," James Dravland said.
It was thanks to numerous tips to Sioux Falls Police and Sioux Falls CrimeStoppers. Neighbors noticed a lot of traffic, short-term, in and out of the home which didn't seem right.
"Most people, when they go somewhere to visit, they don't stay for just a couple of minutes to visit. when you have that, seeing different cars and people coming and going. People recognize it, find it odd and that's the kind of information we like to have," Officer Sam Clemens said.
While Dravland never personally felt in danger, he was worried about the safety of some very special next door neighbors.
"I have my daughter and granddaughter right next door to me and I'd hate to have something happen to them with something going on in the neighborhood," Dravland said.
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