- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say a public argument over a drug debt that ended with gunshots led officers to find nearly 2.5 pounds of drugs.

Authorities say they found they found almost two pounds of suspected synthetic marijuana, about half a pound of marijuana and $4,000 in cash in 19-year-old Vernon Hofer’s apartment.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens says a detective searched Hofer’s apartment after receiving reports that he and 18-year-old Deonte Thornton were fighting over a drug debt in the middle of a street on Tuesday. Thornton also took out a gun and fired it twice into the air.

Hofer is facing six drug-related charges. Thornton was charged with two counts, including possession of a stolen firearm.

Police also found 19-year-old Shelby Toderan in Hofer’s apartment. She’s facing five drug-related charges.

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