Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Man formerly appointed as Palace director files lawsuit against city, mayor

Advertisement

Carnival worker from TX faces Sioux Falls drug trial

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
news Mitchell, 57301
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A carnival worker from Texas who's accused of having crack cocaine shipped to him inside a doll is on trial in South Dakota on drug charges.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Fifty-five-year-old John Whitfield Jr., of Houston, was arrested during the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls on Aug. 3, after authorities said they intercepted a package containing the doll stuffed with 37 grams of drugs worth more than $3,000 on the street.

Whitfield was foreman of the children's rides at the fair. Police say they found more drug evidence in his truck.

Another man who picked up the package with the doll told authorities he was running an errand for Whitfield. Whitfield's attorney, Betsy Doyle, says her client never saw or possessed the package containing the doll, and that others stayed in Whitfield's truck.

Advertisement
The Daily Republic (605) 996-5020 customer support
Advertisement
Advertisement