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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Four people were arrested Monday near Mitchell for possessing 10 total pounds of drugs.

South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper John Lord pulled over a vehicle for speeding at about 10 a.m. on Interstate 90. Upon approaching the sport utility vehicle, he smelled the strong odor of burnt marijuana.

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Upon further search of the vehicle, Lord allegedly found nine 1-pound packages of marijuana, one 1-pound package of hashish, LSD stamps and 10 1-foot-by-1-foot packages of what appeared to be hashish oil. Hashish is a resin that can be extracted from the cannabis plant.

Ian Bremel-Allen, 34, of Hayfork, Calif., Benjamin Manship, 22, of Olympia, Wash., James Hold, 23, of Matton, Ill., and Emily Niemerg, 22, of Olympia, were all arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance; possession of marijuana, 1-10 pounds; possession with intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana; and distribution or manufacture of a controlled substance.

Each possession charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana and distribution or manufacture of a controlled substance charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The possession with intent to distribute more than 1 pound of marijuana charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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