- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

HARTFORD, S.D. (AP) - A southeast South Dakota man accused of spotlighting and shooting raccoons has been indicted on drug and other charges.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1CdUkXP ) 40-year-old Ronald Edwin Ridings II, of Hartford, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute and hunting with an artificial light for the Dec. 7 incident.

Court records show the game warden who questioned Ridings about hunting from his pickup discovered a bag of methamphetamine in his ash tray, several vials, a used meth pipe and packaging materials in the vehicle. Game, Fish and Parks Department officers were patrolling Lake and Minnehaha counties as part of a saturation patrol.

If convicted on either drug charge, he faces up to five years in prison. The spotlighting charge carries up to a year in jail.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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