Drug crimes continue rise in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drug crimes continue to rise in North Dakota's capital city.

Annual statistics from the Bismarck Police Department show drug violations rose from 753 in 2016 to 900 last year. That compares with 616 five years ago.

Chief Dan Donlin tells The Bismarck Tribune that area drug detectives and task forces are "overwhelmed."

Donlin says one initiative his department has taken is shifting investigations to finding where drugs are coming from and who is bringing them into the community — trying to make arrests higher up the chain.

He also says his department has been collaborating more with mental health and addiction services to get addicts help rather than just locking them up.