Butte County Sheriff expresses concerns, insight on southern border issues

Sheriff Lamphere hopes to bring attention to what's happening at the southern border and how it affects communities across the country as well as here at home.

BUTTE COUNTY — Butte County Sheriff Fred Lamphere has made four visits to the southern border in the past year.

His primary concern is drugs coming into the United States and his county.

Sheriff Lamphere also made a trip to the country’s southern border, hoping to see activity first hand.

As former president of the Western State’s Sheriff’s Association, Lamphere has worked with sheriffs across the western states.

He says the region has seen increased drug trafficking from the south.

“They’re in every state and every corner of the United States, I mean, the sheriffs down there, I mean, what they’re dealing with today, we’re dealing with tomorrow and then next day for the rest of the year and it does come clear to Butte County in the center of the nation in South Dakota,” Lamphere said. “In 30 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen drugs as bad as they are in South Dakota right now.”

Sheriff Lamphere has been to the border four times in the past year.

He cites sheriffs in the region in saying cocaine and fentanyl are increasing in demand and his concern — overdoses here and across the country.

“At the alarming number of losing 93,000 people to drug overdoses in 2020 is a real wake up call for America,” Lamphere said. “It isn’t just the people that are coming across, it’s actually all the other things that come with it.”

Sheriff Lamphere hopes to bring attention to what’s happening at the southern border and how it affects communities across the country and here at home, heightening awareness to a drug problem across the U.S.

Categories: ConnectCenter1-Events, Local News, South Dakota News