Suspect arrested for alleged meth distribution

Brookings County Sheriff's Office photo: Brent Brooks

BROOKINGS – A Brookings man has been arrested on drug-related charges, according to Brookings Police.

“The Brookings Police Department Criminal Investigations Division made an arrest of Brent Brooks,” Sgt. Joel Perry said.

Brooks, 50, of Brookings, has been charged on complaint with two counts of distribution of a schedule I or II controlled substance; two counts of violating a drug-free zone; and one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II controlled substance. All are Class 4 felonies.

In addition to the BPD, the investigation involved the state Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Highway Patrol, Perry said.

The complaint says that on or about Dec. 29 and again on or about Jan. 7, Brooks allegedly distributed methamphetamine in the 900 block of Southland Lane, within 1,000 feet of Mickelson Middle School.

The complaint also alleges that Brooks was in possession with intent to distribute meth on or about Jan. 10.

A probable cause statement from the South Dakota Highway Patrol says that Brooks was arrested in a traffic stop on Interstate 29 Jan. 10, and meth, a scale and unused jeweler baggies were allegedly found in his vehicle.

Brooks is being held at the Brookings County Detention Center on $10,000 cash-only bond.

His next court appearance is set for a preliminary hearing Jan. 24.