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Published February 12, 2013, 03:08 PM

Drug Arrests up 50 Percent, Sheriff Cites Better Training

Drug arrests increased nearly 50 percent in Grand Forks County in 2012. That's according to crime statistics released today by the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office.

Drug arrests increased nearly 50 percent in Grand Forks County in 2012. That's according to crime statistics released today by the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office.

Drug arrests account for one of the biggest increases of 2012, mainly due to a drug interdiction program started a year and a half ago. The Sheriff's department works with the police department, drug task force and highway patrol saturating areas and finding narcotics. Troopers say because they get a lot of federal grants, they can go out and work interdiction programs like this, so citations go up. Better training is also a factor in finding people with drugs. Troopers say increased enforcement has helped with a decrease in theft, burglaries and vandalism in the county, but the number of forcible sex offenses and fraud is up. They say it's time to focus on these areas and see how they can help be prevented through education and training.

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