SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – Police say they have made a “significant” drug bust at a home in northeast Sioux Falls following a months-long investigation.
Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said three people were arrested Thursday as part of the bust. Hundreds of grams of meth were seized by authorities from a home and two vehicles.
Clemens said the investigation began back in September 2017 when a authorities served a search warrant on 51-year-old Diane Lynn Thomsen’s home in the 6200 block of N. Cliff Avenue.
Authorities found around 275 grams of meth inside the home. Thomsen was arrested and later released. Her drug charges from that case are still pending, Clemens said.
The investigation started back up again in October 2017 when detectives received tips that Thomsen was allegedly dealing meth again.
On Thursday, police monitoring Thomsen’s home saw a vehicle leave the residence around 1 p.m. The officers stopped the vehicle due to a broken tail or brake light, Clemens said.
A K9 officer indicated that drugs may be in the vehicle, and after a search, 60 grams of meth were found. The driver, 35-year-old Jessica Marie Bauerle of Sioux Falls, was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license.
Authorities do not know at this time whether Bauerle got meth from Thomsen’s home or not.
Police were able to obtain a search warrant for Thomsen’s home and served it just before 7 p.m. Thursday.
When officers arrived, Thomsen and 57-year-old Frederick Walter Poland of Sioux Falls were leaving the home in a vehicle. They were stopped by police who found 135 grams of meth and a small amount of marijuana.
When officers searched Thomsen’s home, they found 156 grams (around three quarters of a pound