Narcotics task force seizes $2.5 million in meth in Pennington County drug bust


Courtesy of Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — After months of investigation, Pennington County made a huge drug bust Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the joint Unified Narcotics Task Force (UNET) executed three search warrants in Pennington County and found large amounts of cash, illegal drugs, and guns at numerous locations.

The total items found at these locations, according to a post from the PennCo Sheriff’s Office, included:

  • 72 pounds methamphetamine ($1.5 – $2.5 million street value)
  • 10 pounds cocaine
  • 6 pounds of heroin (over million dollar street value)
  • 6,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills
  • $150,000 cash in illegal drug sale proceeds
  • 13 guns (some altered and short-barreled)

“This is a big bust—a big win for Pennington County,” says UNET Sergeant Casey Kenrick. “These drugs had a combined street value in the millions of dollars. It’s important to get these drugs off our streets and hold the dealers responsible for the violence and addiction they perpetuate in our community.”

The UNET team includes members from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Division of Criminal Investigation. Also involved in the investigation are the Deadwood Police Department, ATF, DEA and Homeland Security.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with NewsCenter1 for more information.


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