Drug Crimes Soar In South Dakota
Monday, March 20, 2017
Drug crimes soared by over 12 percent in South Dakota in 2016. That number sticks out like a sore thumb in the State Attorney General's Annual Crime Report.
Drug arrests were the highest they've been in a decade. Crimes likely related to drugs, such as theft and burglary, were also up.
Jackley says that the state is trying to stay ahead of the epidemic with the 'No Meth Ever' campaign in the schools and with the Law Enforcement Task force that tries to stop meth from coming into South Dakota. Also, hundreds more police officers have been hired by communities across the state. Still, government can't do it all says Jackley.
The drug statistics are bad, but violent crimes were down last year.
South Dakota law enforcement agencies reported a total of 42,200 arrests involving 75,778 offenses in 2016.
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