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Drug Task Force Makes 170 Cases

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  Drug use and trafficking remains a big problem across the Valley.

  The latest numbers from the "Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force" in northwestern Minnesota, show more than 170 drug related arrests during the past year.  It seized 9 grams of coke and crack, 12 grams of heroin and 6.4 pounds of marijuana and synthetic marijuana.

  However, meth is still the leading drug problem with 237 grams of it,   seized by law enforcement.

Sheriff Barb Erdman, Polk County: "I think what law enforcement's attitude is… we continue to work the cases with the hope we're making a dent in drug crime in Minnesota. I think the numbers bear out that we're effective. But, the work is far from done."

Paul Biermaier, Crookston Police Chief: "It's tough to tell if it's getting worse or better. But we do know we're doing a good job at investigating and the arrests."

  And authorities say another growing problem is the theft of prescription drugs. Keeping unused prescription drugs in your home can make you a target.

  During the past year, the Task Force seized 870 prescription drug pills. Some of them were taken during home burglaries.

Sheriff Barb Erdman: "You do not want to keep unused or old prescription medication in your medicine cabinet in your residences, because your home is vulnerable to theft."

Paul Biermaier, Crookston Police Chief: "Exactly. They're stealing prescription drugs. But, it's not just people breaking into homes. It can be a family member or a friend who has that problem and going through your medicine cabinet."

  Law enforcement officials say what's happening here in Polk County is happening across the Valley.

  2013 statistics for drugs arrests in North Dakota are not available yet. However, law enforcement officials say, what's happening on the Minnesota side of the river, is consistent with the trends in North Dakota.

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