2 South Dakotans arrested on drug charges following Colorado fire

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PUEBLO, Colo. - A woman and a wanted man from South Dakota have been arrested in Colorado on drug charges. The Watertown, S.D. residents were arrested Monday in a remote area of Pueblo Mountain Park.

Dustin Aker, 34, and Tiffany Schaack, 24, were spotted by a helicopter crew doing surveillance over a small wildland fire.

Aker was wanted by South Dakota law enforcement for a parole violation. And Pueblo County sheriff's deputies had been searching for Aker in the Beulah Valley area since Sunday evening.

According to the sheriff's office, that's when a car was found abandoned in the driveway of a home near the park. Deputies found a backpack near the door of the home, which they say contained items belonging to Schaack and Aker. They also found suspected drugs in the bag.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor praised the teamwork of the helicopter crew and law enforcement. Deputies had to climb steep terrain to reach the pair, taking them into custody around 6 p.m.

“The area where these two were located was not easily accessible, requiring deputies to hike through some very rough terrain to apprehend them," Taylor said. "This was great work by all involved.”

Aker was charged with: possession of schedule II controlled substance, five counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, trespassing and the parole violation warrant.

Schaack was charged with: possession of a schedule II controlled substance, five counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance and trespassing. Aker and Schaack were booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Crews fully contained the fire around 6 p.m. The cause is under investigation.

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