State Patrol Making More Drug Arrests Locally

7/17/17 – 7:37 A.M.

State Patrol troopers are making more drug arrests in Hancock County compared to a year ago. The Courier reports that between the beginning of the year and July 9, troopers made 86 arrests for drug violations. That’s compared to 82 violations for all of 2016. The patrol has made 19 felony arrests so far this year, compared to 18 in 2016.

Lt. Matt Crow of the State Highway Patrol tells the newspaper prescription pills and marijuana account for a large amount of the arrests. He added many of the drugs are coming from out of state, often from West Virginia or Detroit.

The patrol has also seen an uptick in seizures of methamphetamine. Crow says drugs like methamphetamine were less common when heroin and prescription opioids came onto the market, but the patrol is beginning to see more meth again.

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