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Two arrested in Hanson County drug bust

A search warrant executed by members of the James Valley Drug Task Force led to two arrests in Hanson County on Thursday. At 11:41 a.m., the task force entered a house on Highway 38 about 4 miles east of Mitchell and arrested Thomas Garmong, 34, ...

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A search warrant executed by members of the James Valley Drug Task Force led to two arrests in Hanson County on Thursday.

At 11:41 a.m., the task force entered a house on Highway 38 about 4 miles east of Mitchell and arrested Thomas Garmong, 34, and Thomas Kuremsky, 36, both of whom live in the house where the search occurred.

According to a press release, inside the house, the task force found half an ounce of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, two unidentified pills, trace amounts of marijuana, various drug paraphernalia and more than $300 in cash.

Both men were charged with unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, Garmong was charged with unauthorized possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. After refusing to provide a urine sample authorized by the search warrant, Kuremsky was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer.

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The Hanson County Sheriff's Office, the Mitchell Police Division, the Davison County Sheriff's Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the South Dakota Highway Patrol were involved with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Additional charges may be filed, authorities said.

Unauthorized possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine; unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II is a Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; and obstructing a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia are both Class 2 misdemeanors punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $500.

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