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Two Chamberlain men charged with meth possession for 2nd time in 7 months

By Jessica Giard

For The Daily Republic

CHAMBERLAIN — Two of three men released from the Brule County Jail on Wednesday are charged with possession of methamphetamine for the second time in seven months.

Cal Bosworth, 55, of Chamberlain, Eric DeWitt, 35, of Chamberlain, and Joseph Gonzales, 32, of Fort Thompson were arrested Jan. 20 on felony possession of methamphetamine.

A tip on Jan. 18 led law enforcement to Bosworth’s residence, two miles northeast of Chamberlain.

The three men were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Bosworth was also charged with distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine, which is also a felony.

The Brule County Sheriff’s Office and the Chamberlain Police Department issued a search warrant on Jan. 20. In the residence, officers allegedly found 30 grams, approximately one ounce, of what they believe to be methamphetamine and other items associated with use and distribution of drugs.

Bosworth was detained at the Brule County Jail while reporting for the 24/7 Sobriety program, which requires him to report twice daily to the jail for sobriety monitoring. According to court records, an officer found methamphetamine on Bosworth.

He was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia for items found at his residence. Both charges are misdemeanors.

On Wednesday, Bosworth was released from the Brule County Jail on a $1,000 bond, reduced from $10,000 by Judge Gordon Swanson. DeWitt and Gonzales were released on personal recognizance, also reduced from $10,000 and $5,000 bonds, respectively.

The three men will appear in court on charges from the Jan. 20 arrest next on March 11.

Bosworth and DeWitt each await jury trial, scheduled in March, on previous charges of possession of methamphetamine.

In June 2013, Bosworth was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

DeWitt was charged on Sept. 27 on two felonies — possession of methamphetamine and manufacture/distribution of methamphetamine.