‘Joint Return’ nets 13 arrests
Published: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Custer County State’s Attorney Tracy Kelley announced last Friday that Operation Joint Return, targeting the illegal distribution of prescription narcotics, synthetic drugs, methamphetamine and marijuana in and around Custer County, has come to fruition.
Twelve indictments were recently unsealed and felony arrest warrants were served on nine current or former Custer County residents and one individual living in Pennington County, along with an additional arrest arising from the execution of the warrants, bringing the total number of arrests to 11.
The indictments were the result of a long-running Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) case nicknamed “Joint Return” spearheaded by Special Agent Lyle Tolsma of DCI.
Two additional individuals are being sought by law enforcement and face felony drug distribution charges.
Tolsma, partnering with the Custer County Sheriff’s Department and associated state and federal agencies began making arrests the evening of Sept. 3 and continued the sweep through Sept. 9.
By the end of the roundup, 10 individuals had been served with indictments and an additional arrest arising from the search of a residence also took place.
Kelley said, “The use and distribution of drugs in our community, and especially in community ‘Safe Zones’ continues to be a problem and the state’s attorney’s office will continue the partnership with law enforcement to target the problem in the hopes of making Custer County a healthier community in which to live and raise a family.”
Elijah D. Kitzman, 23, - Felony Distribution of Marijuana (three counts), Felony Distribution of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone (two counts);
Carol A. Osborne, 54, - Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance (two counts);
Anthony A. Moad, 23, - Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance (three counts), Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone (two counts), Possession of a Controlled Substance (three counts);
Kristine E. Bridges, 46, - Felony Distribution of Marijuana;
Christina M. Hamilton-Gunning, 36, - Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance;
David F. Flores, 20, - Felony Distribution of Marijuana;
Troy A. Parsons, 36, - Felony Delivery of Non-Controlled Substance;
James D. Reichelt, 19, Felony Distribution of Controlled Substance, Felony Distribution of Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone;
Aaron J. Giedd, 25, – Felony Distribution of Marijuana (two counts);
Terry W. Anderson, 28, Felony Distribution of Marijuana, Felony Distribution of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone.
On a related note, Jeremy J. Goodro, 23, of Custer was arrested for a probation violation arising out of the execution of a search/arrest warrant on an associated defendant’s residence. Goodro was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine (felony) in the 2011 Pharm School operation.
Warrants have also been issued for two additional individuals who are sought by law enforcement for distribution of marijuana and methamphetamine.
Along with the arrests, approximately $10,000 in cash, over two pounds of high grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $10,000 and quantities of both psilolcybin mushrooms and hashish were seized. Other seizures of property along with additional charges and arrests are pending as the investigation progresses.
Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said, “Operation Joint Return is a continuing effort on the part of law enforcement to reduce the trafficking of illegal drugs in our community. The focus is to protect the youth of this community from being exposed to harmful drugs that are available.”
The 13 individuals warranted/arrested during Operation Joint Return face 28 felony charges related to the illegal distribution of prescription narcotics, synthetic drugs, methamphetamine and marijuana for a maximum of 187 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
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