(SD)-Meth Blamed For Big Jump In Deadwood Drug Arrests
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Deadwood had fewer arrests for violent crime and no murders last year, but felony drug arrests jumped 130% because of methamphetamine.
90% of the felony drug arrests were tied to meth use and distribution, and Deadwood police have already made 10 felony drug arrests this year.
Police Chief Kelly Fuller tells the Rapid City Journal that the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states have driven down pot prices, leading drug cartels to shift their focus to more lucrative meth distribution in rural areas.
Fuller says Deadwood has responded to the meth problem by adding a full-time drug investigator in January, by focusing on education as well as drug-related crimes, and by expanding cooperative communications with other local law enforcement agencies.
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