PCSO: Recent drug bust potentially saved thousands of lives

Following a recent drug bust that yielded millions of dollars in street value, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office is also saying that thousands of lives may have been saved.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — What may have seemed like a normal day for the public proved to be a record one for local law enforcement.

On Tuesday, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office announced that its Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team seized large amounts of drugs.

The UNET consists of many first responding agencies, including the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Division of Criminal Investigation. Other agencies involved in the investigation were the Deadwood Police Department, ATF, DEA and Homeland Security.

The drug bust by UNET held a street value of millions of dollars.

“This is probably the larger busts that I’m even aware at least at certain in our area and probably in the state, but this is a lot,” said Captain Tony Harrison with P.C.S.O. “I mean, this is a massive amount of drugs and it’s a collection of a numerous different types of drugs.”

The bust included 72 pounds of meth, 10 pounds of cocaine and six pounds of heroin.

6,000 counterfeit Fentanyl pills were also seized, as well as $150,000 in illegal drug money and 13 guns.

But the bust goes beyond the drugs.

“What they did yesterday was probably truly save some lives because the stuff they found would have eventually made its way down to a user who made have potentially overdosed and ended up dead, so the UNET saved a bunch of lives yesterday,” Harrison said. “We just don’t know how many.”

With just the heroin, an estimated 27,000 lives were saved.

“A bust this size tells you that there is clearly a drug issue and it tells you that there is a market and our office will continue to do what we can to stop the flow of illegal narcotics in the area,” Harrison said.

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