A traffic stop Tuesday night in western Sioux Falls resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Sioux Falls man suspected of operating a mobile methamphetamine lab in a tent camper.
Teddy Michael Helton was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police spokesman Sam Clemens said.
Teddy Michael Helton is escorted Wednesday into Minnehaha County
A judge set Helton’s bond Wednesday at $5,000, and his next court appearance is Oct. 11.
A Sioux Falls Police officer pulled over a truck at 12th Street and Lyons Boulevard at 9:06 p.m., Clemens said. Helton was a passenger in a truck that was pulling the tent camper. Clemens said the truck was stopped for having an out brake light and an out blinker light. The camper belongs to Helton, Clemens said.
During the stop, a K9 unit was called and meth was found with the use of a dog and a search of the trailer yielded components known for a meth lab, Clemens said. The lab was the “one-pot” style, and one vessel was recovered that appeared to recently have been assembled for the manufacturing of meth, Clemens said.
Police found three grams of meth and various chemicals known for making the drug, including pseudoephedrine, lab peripherals and a digital scale, Clemens said.
“Through the conversation (with Helton) they believed that there was components of a mobile meth lab in the camper,” Clemens said. “All the necessary components were found inside there.”
The Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force dismantled the lab on scene. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Haz-Mat Team and Rural Metro Ambulance assisted.
The driver was not arrested, Clemens said.