Report of possible drug activity leads to three arrests in Watertown

March 5, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown police arrested three people after a strange twist of events this week.

Officers were called to a parking lot in the 500-block of 14th Avenue Southeast Tuesday night on a report of possible drug activity.

When officers got there, some of the individuals left the scene, and made a call to the police dispatch center saying a gunman had entered a local business.

It turns out that was a false report, and no such incident was occurring.

Officers continued their investigation at the parking lot and executed search warrants on three cars, a camper and an Ice Castle fish house.

They found meth and drug paraphernalia during the investigation, and determined the fish house had been stolen out of North Dakota.

Police arrested 30 year-old Steven Barnes, 37 year-old Stephan Bergeron and 19 year-old Alicia Mitzel–all from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

They face numerous charges including making terroristic threats, filing a false police report, ingesting a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.