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Three people arrested for various drug violations in Jerauld County

A Jerauld County Sheriff's Office vehicle. (Republic file photo)

JERAULD COUNTY — Three people were arrested on various drug charges after being caught with supplies believed to be used for drug distribution.

On Jan. 6, a Jerauld County Sheriff's Office deputy was on patrol when he witnessed a vehicle going 76 mph in a 65 mph zone.

He stopped the vehicle, and while discussing the violation with the driver, Ahlaqui Blindman, of Aberdeen, the deputy thought he could smell burnt marijuana. The vehicle's passengers claimed there were no illegal drugs in the vehicle.

There were two passengers in the vehicle, Dalton Meno and Ryan Kushman.

The deputy's police dog searched around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of illegal drugs. Upon searching the vehicle, the deputy found multiple drug-related items, including several baggies with meth inside, a digital scale, rolling papers, a large wad of cash, three cellphones and glass tubes commonly used to ingest illegal drugs.

Kushman, Meno and Blindman were charged with unauthorized manufacture of substance with potential for abuse, a Class 4 felony, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor. Meno was also charged with false impersonation to deceive law enforcement, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Class 5 felonies are punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while Class 4 felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine.