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SIOUX FALLS, SD – Employee vigilance helped lead police to Sioux Falls’ latest meth arrests.

40-year-old Camille Solberg and her husband, 39-year-old William White faces multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine.

Solberg and White called Room 22 at the Arena Motel home for about a month, while they looked for an apartment. Arena Motel owner Tim Nicolai said the two had just moved to Sioux Falls after they got jobs. Nicolai said though the couple seemed nice, he and his employees routinely check the motel rooms.

Couple Faces Charges for Motel Meth Lab


“Went into the room. Things just seemed odd to me,” Tim Nicolai said.

Nicolai called police, who found a one-pot lab in the room. They arrested Solberg before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Nicolai says White drove by, saw the commotion, and called him to ask what was going on, and if it was ok for him to go back to his room. Nicolai told him there was a medical emergency in a different room.

“We just told him there was a medical emergency when there really wasn’t. That would be an obvious reason for police and fire to be here. He bit on it and obviously wanted back in his room,” Nicolai said.

White was arrested at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Drug charges include possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a residence where drugs are used and stored, drug use in a school zone, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both face more than 30 years behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines.

KELOLAND News interviewed Nicolai weeks before the bust. The motel owner was part of a story about how the Sioux Falls Police Department works with local motel/hotel owners, and trains them on how to spot possible crimes like this.

“We have to give a big, a big hand of applause to all these folks that work with us. Not just managers and owners of property, but employees who take it upon themselves to know what’s going on,” Greg Schmit of the Sioux Falls Police Department said.

Nicolai has read some online criticism of his motel following the arrests, which he said is the first meth bust at his business. But he said he finds nothing negative about getting more meth off the streets.

“I think the people of our community should be happy that we’re taking these people off the streets and that we’re aware of what to look for and to remind people this can happen in their own back yards, or under their roofs. Everything is easy to conceal,” Nicolai said.

Employees at the Arena Motel say reporting this type of crime is a priority.

“Especially through hard times, give people a chance to start over in life. Give them a place to have a roof over their heads and to move on with their lives. I take it very personally when somebody sets up a meth lab in my back yard,” Nicolai said.



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