Rapid City drug, counterfeiting operation bustedThe investigation began with the search of a vehicle that was pulled over early Monday and ended with the searches of two homes, a motel room and a tattoo parlor.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A traffic stop in Rapid City led to what police say is the bust of a major local drug trafficking and money counterfeiting operation.
The investigation began with the search of a vehicle that was pulled over early Monday and ended with the searches of two homes, a motel room and a tattoo parlor. Officers said they confiscated $56,000 in cash; 14 semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic handguns and revolvers; counterfeit money and equipment used to make it; and illegal drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
Authorities said they found traces of cocaine in the vehicle, and search warrants led to more search warrants. Four people were arrested on drug charges, and the U.S. Secret Service was alerted to the alleged counterfeiting operation. Charges related to that are pending.
"This is a good score. We've got weapons; we've got narcotics," police Capt. James Johns told the Rapid City Journal. "We uncovered a pretty significant conspiracy operating here in Rapid City."
The suspects are from Rapid City and nearby Box Elder and range in age from 25 to 36.