Illegal Drugs and Firearm lead to Felony Arrest

Just before 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a speeding vehicle travelling east on Hwy 275 about seven miles east of Norfolk. Upon contacting the driver for the speeding violation, the odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside the vehicle. This led to a probable cause search of the vehicle and passengers that yielded a stolen loaded handgun in the waistband of a front seat passenger. Karter Ewing, 18, of Sioux Falls was placed under arrest for Theft by Receiving and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. The driver Paul Dahl Jr. 18, also of South Dakota was cited for Speeding 87/70 and Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The handgun was reported stolen from a Sioux Falls residence last month and also recovered from inside the vehicle was a loaded rifle. Ewing was jailed pending the posting a yet to be determined cash bond. This is the second teenager in the past week that has been arrested in Stanton County with a loaded handgun in their waistband during a traffic stop involving illegal drug activity. “This is just another dangerous example of our feel-good laws passed by the legislature in regard to the carrying of concealed weapons, this is going to lead to people getting killed and puts law enforcement in a no-win situation” stated Sheriff Mike Unger.

Karter Ewing