Two People from Ca. Ordered Held on Drug Charges from Sully Co. Traffic Stop

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A husband and wife from California were ordered to be bound over to face drug charges linked to a traffic stop last week in Sully County.  Kenneth and Michelle Conway of Visalia, California, both 57-years-old, were taken into custody after a traffic stop July 17 in Sully County.  During a preliminary hearing in Pierre today, Sully County Sheriff Bill Stahl said he was informed that day that a motorhome pulling a trailer was being driven recklessly and at a high rate of speed.  Stahl pulled over the suspect vehicle along Highway 83 in Sully County and said he noted a high odor of alcohol coming from the driver-who he identified as Kenneth Conway.   A search of the motorhome resulted in the discovery of multiple pill bottles and pills, marijuana, digital scales and cash.  A total of $40,000 was found in three different locations-in two spots in the vehicle-and some of the money was reported to be in Kenneth Conway’s pants pocket.

After questioning of three witnesses including Sheriff Stahl, a Sully County Deputy and Trooper Dylan Dowling of the South Dakota Highway Patrol by Sully County State’s Attorney Emily Sovell and the lawyers for the two defendants, Judge Leo Disburg ruled that the Conway’s be held to answer to the charges against them.  Both face one count each of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Kenneth Conway is also charged with DUI.  Both are held on no bond and Disburg refused a request to lower their bond amount.  They will next appear in court in Onida on August 4 at 1:30 p.m.

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