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Three arrested in Mitchell vehicle drug bust

Davison County Sheriff's Office (Republic file photo)

Three people were arrested Tuesday night after allegedly being found in a vehicle with methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

At 10:52 p.m., law enforcement stopped a maroon Lincoln Town Car without a front license plate near the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Iowa Street in the southwest part of the city. The driver, 42-year-old Lisa Musgrave, of Mitchell, was found not to have a current license.

While looking for her registration and proof of insurance, Musgrave took a pair of gloves out of the glove compartment. One of the gloves reportedly held a glass pipe with a white powdery substance in it.

While searching the vehicle, law enforcement allegedly found about eight ounces of methamphetamine; a small amount of marijuana; containers, pipes, a digital scale and a spoon all containing either marijuana or methamphetamine residue; dozens of small plastic bags; lighters; butane torches; eight cell phones; and an Amazon Kindle.

A package of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a dietary supplement which, according to court documents, closely resembles methamphetamine and is often mixed with the drug by dealers to create more product, was also reportedly located in the car.

The front seat passenger was identified as 41-year-old Franklin Vermillion, of Mitchell.

The passenger in the back of the car reportedly gave a fake name, and it wasn't until the next day at the Davison County Jail that driver's license photos and fingerprint analysis revealed that he was actually 35-year-old Nathan Sarha, also of Mitchell.

All three people are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, possession of two ounces of marijuana or less and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, Musgrave is charged with driving without a license and not having proof of insurance, Sarha is charged with impersonation to deceive a law enforcement officer, and Vermillion was cited for a seat belt violation.