Undocumented immigrant arrested in Brule County

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CHAMBERLAIN — An undocumented immigrant was arrested in Brule County after being caught driving without a license.

On March 6, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Francisco Hernandez after observing the vehicle traveling slowly with its hazard lights on, according to court documents.

Hernandez gave false identification to police but it was later determined he was in the United States illegally and had been deported "multiple times" in the past.

Hernandez had a bag of meth and a syringe in his luggage, according to court documents, and the passenger in his vehicle, Aphelia Whiting, accused him of raping her prior to the traffic stop.

Hernandez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony, and manufacturing/distribution/possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. 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 a $20,000 fine.

Whiting, who had an active warrant in Davison County, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony.