3 phases planned to combat rising drug arrests in South Dakota

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PIERRE, S.D. -

The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office released the annual crime report for 2016, and the number of drug arrests is the highest it’s been in a decade.

Methamphetamine also continues to be a growing issue. The amount of meth seized in rural counties doubled in recent years. More Detailed Statistics Here 

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said the state is currently working to combat the drug issue with three phases.

“The first is the attorney general's No Meth Ever campaign to work on prevention” said Jackley. "The second is the treatment stage, which is our drug courts, and the third phase is really what the governor signed into legislation this year. That is putting together a task force to focus on the drugs that are coming into South Dakota. It's made up of highway patrol as well as DCI agents to really address the trafficking of drugs to young children."

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed two bills to help with the third phase. DETAILS 

The crime report also stated that sexual assaults, homicides, and robbery arrests declined in 2016. The full report can be read here.

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