Man caught trafficking meth in York County sent to jail

YORK – A man caught trafficking methamphetamine through York County has been sentenced to jail.

Doltan Howell, 26, of Mobridge, S.D., appeared this past week in York County District Court for a status hearing.

He was initially charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony; and having more than one pound of marijuana, a Class 4 felony. He pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a controlled substance and was facing a possible maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.

This case began when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol on Highway 81, in the middle of the night. The deputy says in his affidavit filed with the court he saw a vehicle without rear license plates and a traffic stop was initiated in the area of West Fourth Street and Highway 81 (on the bypass around York).

The deputy was informed that the driver, which was Howell, had no insurance and the vehicle had an expired registration. While speaking with Howell, the deputy says he told him he was bringing his grandmother’s car back from Hinton, Nebraska – however, there is no such place as Hinton, Nebraska.

According to the deputy, Howell offered that he was on parole for drug violations.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found two plastic bags of marijuana, several used hypodermic needles containing methamphetamine residue, a brown jar of meth, two plastic containers with blunts inside and a metal spoon with methamphetamine residue.

This week, he was sentenced to six months in York County Jail and was given credit for one day already served.

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