Drug Bust Uncovers Pot, Runaway Teen, Stolen Property

"You really don't know who your neighbors are," said Chad Jones following eight arrests in his neighborhood

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Eight people were arrested on drug charges after police served a warrant at a Sioux Falls home near Lincoln High School. While police say they didn’t find a significant amount of drugs inside, they located a runaway teen and uncovered electronics that may be tied to some recent burglaries.

Police say the arrests come after receiving several tips from the public. One of them came in mid-December. Police have been watching the home ever since.

“You really don’t know who your neighbors are.”

Chad Jones, who lives on the 900 block of East Pam Road, says ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ is about the only communication he’s had with his neighbors.

Jones said, “They’ve only been there a couple of months. I really didn’t know them. I didn’t talk to them too much or anything like that.”

But he has noticed the traffic and the occasional smell of marijuana in the air.

“I’ve seen a lot of teenagers come and go, but I thought it was mostly teenagers coming to hang out and stuff at first because it seemed like it was kind of a younger crowd and you know I didn’t think too much of it,” said Jones.

It’s the coming and going that alerted police to what was allegedly going on inside.

Officer Sam Clemens said, “People that they noticed were coming and going were people that have been arrested in the past for using drugs.”
On Tuesday, police say they received another tip that a runaway teen may be staying there.

After knocking on the door several times and no answer, police got a warrant to search the home that night. They say they found the 15-year-old girl hiding in a closet, as well as several bags of marijuana, paraphernalia and a stolen computer.

Clemens said, “We had some tips that the people staying there may have been involved in some recent burglaries, finding that stolen computer confirmed that.”

Police arrested five people who lived at the home including 19-year-old Meagan Joy Dominiack, 54-year-old Charles Robert Tripp, 57-year-old Thomas Clayton Drury, 69-year-old Arthur Gibb Templeman (pictured) and 18-year-old Tommie Lee Lampkin III (pictured). They also arrested three others who were at the home at the time including 18-year-old Troy Dean Kiggins, a 17-year-old and 15-year-old runaway.

All were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Dominiack, Templeman and Lampkin were arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Templeman and Lampkin are also being charged with receiving stolen property.

“It’s very alarming, you know, I have a five-year-old son,” said Jones. “In the back of my mind I’m like, you know, is it safe to have kids here and stuff.”

When we told another neighbor about the arrests, she said, ‘Finally’. She says she would often see people handing something over the fence in the backyard of the home. Her teen told her that the home is referred to as the ‘trap’ house at school, otherwise known as a home where drugs are sold.

Police say other electronics were found inside the home so it’s likely that more charges could be filed.