Five arrested in drug bust

By Jason Ferguson

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A joint investigation by the Custer County Sheriff’s Department and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) led to the arrest of five Custer County residents on a variety of drug charges, with charges pending on an additional person in the case.

On March 29, sheriff’s deputies and DCI agents executed a search warrant at 147 Woodlawn Dr., resulting in the arrests and the seizure of drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, opiates, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia.

Those arrested were:

• Barbara Marie Harbison, 37, Custer, one count, Keeping a Place for Use or Sale of Controlled Substances, Class 5 Felony; and one count Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felony.

• Daniel Lee Harbison, 45, Custer, one count Keeping a Place for Use or Sale of Controlled Substances, Class 5 Felony; and  one count Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felony.

• Gregory E. Hadlock, 29, Custer, one count Keeping a Place for Use or Sale of Controlled Substances, Class 5 Felony; two counts Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felonies; and one count Ingesting Marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• Hayden Brae Hensrud, 26, Box Elder, two counts Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin and Methamphetamine), Class 5 Felonies; two counts Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felonies; and one count Ingesting Marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• Brittany Megan McGee, 23, Hermosa, two counts Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin and Methamphetamine), Class 5 Felonies; two counts Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felonies; one count Ingesting Marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Two minor children were present in the home at the time and were taken into the custody of the Department of Social Services. A third minor child, not present in the home at the time of the search warrant, was also taken into the custody of the Department of Social Services.

In addition to the March 29 bust, a traffic stop occurring on March 16 resulted in the arrest of the following individuals:

• Bruce Lee Stull, 37, Torrington, Wyo., one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; and one count Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• Travis Cruizer Jude, 33, Torrington, Wyo., one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; one count Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor; and one count False Impersonation with Intent to Deceive a Law Enforcement Office, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• Rhiannon Mae Hislop, 30, Hill City, one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; one count Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor; one count Failure to Surrender Suspended Driver’s License, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• Kaylie M. Haffner, 24, Gering, Neb., one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; one count Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor; and one count Failure to Surrender Suspended Driver’s License, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

In addition to the individuals identified above, the following individuals have pending criminal charges in Custer County concerning controlled drugs and substances:

•  Beshka Ringstad, 40, Custer, one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; one count  Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felony; and one count Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• George J. Reuling, 41,  Custer, one count Ingesting an Unauthorized Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; and one count Ingesting marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• Leslie S. Reuling, 46,  Custer, one count Ingesting an Unauthorized Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony.

• Gabriel Frie, 20,  Hill City, one count Ingesting an Unauthorized Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony.

•  Justin K. Coyle, 31, Custer, one count Ingesting an Unauthorized Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony.

• Sean M. Clyde, 18,  Box Elder, one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony (SDCL 22-42-5)

• Dameon S. Harris, 19,  Hot Springs, one count Ingesting an Unauthorized Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; and one count  Driving under the Influence of Marijuana and/or a Controlled Drug or Substance, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

•  Charles Respects Nothing, 32,  Wounded Knee, one count Ingesting an Unauthorized Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony.

• Robert C. Kraft, 53,  Black Hawk, one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; and one count Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felony.

•  Jeff G. McMahan, 52,  Black Hawk, one count Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Class 5 Felony; one count Ingesting An Unauthorized Controlled Substance, Class 5 Felony; one count Possession of a Firearm by Person with Prior Drug Related Conviction, Class 6 Felony; and one count Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Class 5 felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. Class 6 felonies are punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a $4,000 fine. Class one misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Custer County States Attorney Tracy Kelley said the above is a rundown of some, but not all, drug related cases pending in Custer County. There are several further pending probation violations, burglaries and grand thefts that are drug related as well, she said.

“As you can deduct from the cited offenses, methamphetamine has once again become a significant problem, not only in Custer County, but across the state of South Dakota,” she said.

“There has also been a noticeable increase in the use of heroin across the state. While the drug problems are increasing, the resources available to combat them seem to be declining. There is a great need for communities and the state of South Dakota to join together to find solutions,” she added.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Ya… I have quite a few comments to make on this…
    I am really upset how u just put my name up here without any sort of history or comments or anything…. JUST A BIG BOLD STATEMENT THAT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE I AM SOME SORT OF TERRIBLE PERSON!
    TRUTH IS… YES!!! I AM A ADDICT !! BUT!!! U DO NOT SAY HOW I HAD BEEN CLEAN 10 PLUS YEARS OR HOW I have been a productive member of Custer since 2008! Matter of fact I can just see the looks n scowls and hear the remarks being made by people reading this!! Truth of matter is most of u have probably dealt with or been waited on by me and didn’t even know my past!!!
    You wouldn’t look down on a person who had cancer and was in remission but a addict who slipped because of her addiction is HORRIBLE! I admit I am a addict and I am not looking for excuses but!!! I have a son who is also suffering because of MY DISEASEAND MY RELAPSE AND NOW THIS!!! No onekbew of my past except a few very close people but now because of this article my son who is a innocent is going to be teased and bullied and labeled even more !! Do u ever stop to think or even contact people u write about and the implications! By the way I am clean and I regret my relapse every day but I AM NOT SOME MONSTER… I AM A PERSON TOO! NOT A JUST A NAME TO PUT IN THE DAM PAPER!!!

    • I’m not judging……but as an adult you know when your arrested it’s a matter of public record….. if you don’t want your children to know you broke the law……. then don’t break the law! Shame on anyone that would bully a child because of their parents poor choices! Shame on you for doing that to your child! YOU broke the law… take responsibility and move forward with your life!

    • I want to congratulate you on your success in fighting your addiction. I perfectly understand the power that addiction can have. My addictions were overcome by the power of Christ. Jesus came to set the captive free and he set me free from addiction. Pastor Matt Furse at mountain view Baptist church can help you with that. Everybody is in some stage of recovery from something. We don’t look down on anybody we just love that which God has created.

  2. There has been much research done lately about drugs taking the place of meaningful social connections in drug users lives. The war on drugs ostracizes users and makes it hard to function after. Portugal has had a 50% decline in drug use when they took their war on drugs money and uses it to provide housing and jobs to offenders as well as counseling everyone, users or not, on how to connect and love each other. We should be researching what really works instead of sticking with what we know doesn’t work

  3. Leslie, Many people have “addictions” that are not necessarily ones that are against the law. Never the less they have a responsibility to tackle those addictions that can cause harm to those around them. Shopping can be an addiction; eating; alcohol, drugs (both prescription & illegal); cigarettes; smoking, etc. All of these can ruin a life in one way or another. I commend you on being clean for 10 years. I have never met you that I know of, but I know that addictions/habits can sneak back up on you. My husband was an alcoholic when I met him in 1988. He had to hit bottom before he knew he had to do something about it. He had been sober for over 20 years when the big “C” took him in 2012. The addiction he could not overcome was cigarettes. We were together that whole time. We moved here to Custer in 2012 and three months later he was gone. I’ve discovered in the last 5 years that I’ve been here most of the people of Custer that I have come in contact with are caring individuals who care about the city and it’s people. Your lapse back into your addiction should not be counted against your integrity and you should not be judged by it. I hope the residents of Custer know this. Your lapse does not make you a bad person, just human. I’m sure many that know you whether just an acquaintance or as good friend will know this about you and not judge. I also know how school kids can be when something detrimental shows up concerning one of their classmates. It is very unfair but as you have discovered so is life. As I have read your above comment you are surely back on track and I hope and pray that because of “public record” the community of Custer and the “world” will realize they should not “cast stones” since they also are not free of faults. As I’ve learned through the years and through my dear husband, just take “One day at a time”. God Bless You and Your Little Man.

  4. I admit I am an addict and like they say, you really do have to hit rock bottom to realize you’re either going to end up in jail, an institution, or death. I was in jail for 3 1/2 months. I had the opportunity to go to inpatient treatment. I NOW HAVE 6 MONTHS CLEAN & SOBER!

    I know that there is widespread distaste for the addict who suffers. Like Leslie, I feel the looks and scorn. But I am still a part of this community. I was born here.

    I lead a fight with a life or death illness. I realize that this does not exempt me from taking responsibility for my actions. As I work the steps in Narcotics Anonymous, I have to do a personal inventory, identify the things I did that hurt others, and eventually make amends. As I progress, I will take on the burden of my guilt & shame and then surrender them to my higher power.

    All I ask is that members of my community suspend judgement and offer support, or at least understanding, for the addict who still suffers. Also, I have been sentenced and am complying with the terms of my probation.

    I was not acquainted with others who were arrested. I wish the article had made it clear that was alone when I was apprehended. I was using alone. I didn’t associate with anyone in Custer. I didn’t know they’re business and they didn’t know mine.

    Thank you.

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