Four Indicted in Tripp Meth Lab Case
(Tripp) - Attorney General Mark Barnett announced today that four Tripp residents were indicted by a Hutchinson County grand jury last week and arrested this week for their roles in the manufacturing of methamphetamine at two residences in Tripp. Law enforcement served warrants on the homes on April 20, discovering methamphetamine precursors and chemicals.
Steven White, 37, was originally arrested on April 21 at his residence and charged with possession of meth. White was re-indicted last week and charged with two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, both Class 4 Felonies. White is currently in custody and being held in the Bon Homme County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
Timothy Love, 26, was arrested this week and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and aiding and abetting the manufacturing of a controlled substance, both Class 4 Felonies. Love is currently in custody and being held at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for parole violations.
Lindsey White, 22, wife of Steven, and Malissa Love, 21, wife of Timothy, were arrested this week and charged with aiding & abetting the manufacturing of a controlled substance, a Class 4 Felony. Both have been released on personal recognizance bonds.
Arraignment has been scheduled for Monday, May 8 for Loves and Steven White at the Hutchinson County Courthouse in Olivet. Arraignment for Lindsey White has been scheduled for Monday, May 15. Class 4 felonies carry a maximum sentence of ten years in the State Penitentiary and/or a $10,000 fine.
The case is currently being prosecuted by Hutchinson County State’s Attorney Glenn Roth and Assistant Attorney General John Haak. The investigation was conducted and is continuing by the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office, the Tripp Police Department, the James Valley Drug Task Force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mitchell Police Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Division of Criminal Investigation.