South Dakota carnival workers arrested after hiding drugs in dollsBy Mason White 4:55 AM August 8, 2013
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By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) Two carnival workers were arrested and charged with illegal drug possession related charges after they hid drugs inside dolls, according to police reports in South Dakota.
Sioux Falls Police said that two carnival workers at the Sioux Empire Fair have been arrested on drug charges thanks to a tip from authorities in a different state. The two men, 35-year-old Louis Frank Deak of Lawton, Oklahoma, and 55-year-old John Thomas Whitfield Jr. of Houston, Texas, are now behind bars.
“We received information that there was a suspicious package that may contain illegal drugs that was sent to Sioux Falls,” a police spokesperson said.
Police said they do not know how the Texas authorities knew there was a package, but they were told to intercept, as it entered the city.
Officer Sam Clemens said: “Detectives were able to intercept the package, and in it they found about 37 grams of cocaine that had actually been concealed inside a doll.”
Police said they found cocaine in a Lalaloopsy Doll head. They re-packaged it and delivered the package to the address, at a hotel in the southwestern part of the city.
Louis Deak was there to pick the package. He told police he was picking up the package for another man, who owed him money, but did not know what was inside. The other man was John Whitfield. Officers found methamphetamine and marijuana residue inside the truck in which they were staying.
Deak and Whitfield both were working at the fair, but they were not employees of the Sioux Empire Fair.
Deak was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Whitfield was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.