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Mother and three children also found in home with drugs


Sheriff’s deputies visited a Sioux Falls man’s home Wednesday to serve an arrest warrant and said they found more than 20 bottles that were used to cook methamphetamine, along with marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia.

A woman and her three children were there, as well.

In court Friday, a public defender said the family was only at the man’s apartment, 1905 S. Bahnson Ave. #2, because the power went out at their own home.

Dale John Shogren, 29, answered the door when deputies arrived Wednesday afternoon, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. Jennifer Leffring, 32, was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, and her young children — a 4-year-old and two 5-year-olds — were inside and awake.

“They were only there to serve a warrant,” Clemens said.

The deputies saw drug paraphernalia immediately.

“There were pipes in plain view,” Minnehaha County Deputy State’s Attorney Abby VanDenBerg said Friday during the pair’s first court appearance.

Officers found 20 used one-pot bottles, as well as an active meth cook in a 2-liter bottle. Rural Metro ambulance staffers, a HazMat team and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue were called in to assist in the chemical clean-up.

Both adults were charged with felony methamphetamine possession and causing a child to be present where drugs are sold or used. Shogren also was charged with marijuana possession, meth manufacturing, keeping a place for the sale or use of drugs and violating a drug-free zone.

Leffring was charged with inhabiting a place where drugs are used or sold.

VanDenBerg asked Judge John Hinrichs to set bond for the mother at $5,000 cash or surety, but Hinrichs said there was no need to keep Leffring in custody. She has no serious offenses or drug offenses on her record, he said, and the children are not in danger because they are in protective custody.

Deputy Public Defender Victoria Reker, who told Hinrichs “she’s already lost her job over this charge,” said Leffring and her children were staying at Shogren’s house only because their power was lost in Wednesday’s ice storm.

Shogren’s criminal history includes a recent charge of possession of between two ounces and a half pound of marijuana. He was given a probation sentence with a 45-day jail term in January, along with a suspended imposition that would have cleared his record if he stayed on good behavior.

Hinrichs set Shogren’s bond at $5,000 cash or surety.



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