- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A big drug bust in Sioux Falls is expected to put a big dent in the methamphetamine trade in the area

Police on Tuesday arrested six men and seized more than 1½ pounds of meth, after a yearlong investigation. Authorities believe the meth was being shipped into South Dakota from out of state.

“This is a significant drug bust,” police spokesman Sam Clemens told the Argus Leader. “It’s not often we come around pounds of methamphetamine.”

The meth was found at two hotels and at a home that authorities believe was the base for a major drug ring.

“We’ve got 700 to 800 different (drug) transactions that will no longer happen because this has been seized,” Clemens told KELO-TV.

The home is near an elementary school, a college and some churches. Neighbors say they thought they lived in a safe area and are shocked by the arrests.

“Most of us neighbors know each other and it’s quiet. There’s not a lot of riff raff that goes on at night,” John Yarmin told KELO.

Judge Joni Cutler on Wednesday ordered cash-only bonds ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for the suspects, saying they are significant dangers to the community, according to the Argus Leader.

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