Three face charges in large meth bust


A gas drive-off in Egan could cost a Sioux Falls woman and two others far more than they ever imagined.
Roberta Torres was found on the floor of Royal River Casino and Hotel shortly after she allegedly took off from BlueJays Bar & C-Store a week ago Sunday night.
Torres appears to be the woman in the security camera video filling up her truck and leaving without paying.
The clear images of the truck, however, are what made it easy for officers with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Police Department to track the 43-year-old owner of the truck down. Torres was arrested there that night, on the casino floor, but not just for the gas drive-off.
Torres, a convicted felon, was out on parole and had been skipping out of checking in with her parole officers. Additionally, she was found to be carrying approximately 45 grams of methamphetamine with her in a small container.
Further investigation into where the container came from led later that day to the arrest of 44-year-old Shawn Tufte of Sioux Falls. Security video reportedly showed Tufte giving Torres the container outside of the casino Sunday morning.
In a search of the room Tufte’s girlfriend had reserved at the hotel, Tribal Police also found an additional 32 grams of meth, other drug paraphernalia, and a four-month-old child. The additional discoveries now have Leta Morrison of Rapid City facing charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Keeping a Place for Use or Sale of a Controlled Substance, Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Child Neglect.
A total of 77 grams or 2.7 ounces of meth and approximately $5,000.00 cash were seized from Tufte and Morrison. The baby was placed in the care of Social Services and is now in the care of extended family.  
The investigation and arrests were a concerted effort of multiple agencies including the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Police Department, Flandreau Police Department, and the Moody County Sheriff’s Office.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and Royal River Casino work actively with law enforcement to deter the use of methamphetamine on tribal lands, and to bring justice to those who violate the law.

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