Traffic stop at RC intersection leads to discovery of mobile met - KOTA Territory News

Traffic stop at RC intersection leads to discovery of mobile meth lab


A simple traffic stop for expired plates led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab in Rapid City.

A green Ford passenger car was stopped at the intersection of Milwaukee Street and East Denver Street just after 9 p.m. Thursday night. During the stop, the officer discovered the driver had warrants and methamphetamine. A search of the trunk uncovered supplies for making meth like plastic bottles, tubing, and pseudo ephedrine bottles.

The Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Rapid City Fire Department hazmat team were called to secure the scene and to take over investigation.

Two people were arrested. Nicholas Thompson, 24, of Rapid City and Jeremiah Conley, 35, of Sturgis.  Thompson is charged with possession of an illegal substance, possession of paraphernalia, manufacturing, false impersonation, expired plates, and warrants. Conley is charged with a parole violation.

Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team Sgt. Tony Harrison says these mobile meth labs are becoming more common. And the Rapid City Police Department is working to train more officers to recognize the signs of the small, more mobile labs.

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