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Meth Problem on Rise in ND

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There was a time when methamphetamine was in the news daily.

A decade ago, the problem was with meth labs and people locally making the drug in their homes and vehicles.

Laws were past to restrict the sale of products used to make them and that has made meth labs a rarity.

But the problem with meth is peaking again... This time because of the quantity of the drug being brought into North Dakota.

Bismarck Police officers are running into methamphetamine more and more.

These two packages contain 4 ounces of meth - a bust that was the result of a routine traffic stop in Bismarck.

The woman got one and a half years for possession with intent to deliver.

Detective Mike Bolme, a narcotics investigator with the Bismarck Police Department says, "I don't know if the number of cases have gone up but quantities seeing is significantly higher. Now doing cases involving ounces and pounds of methamphetamine. Some historical cases involve dozens if not hundreds of pounds."

Bolme recently held a lump of meth weighing five pounds, the largest he recalls ever seeing in our area.

These quantities for the majority are coming from Mexico and being produced in super labs.

Bolme says North Dakota's economy is drawing in drug dealers.

"When have growth like that you bring in a number of people who do this for a living," says Bolme.

Back to the 4 ounces recently seized during a traffic stop. That's worth at least $20,000, it's enough for 400 hits.

This chunk is as big as what's referred to as an 8 ball, it would run $600 and a could last a user between a week or two.

Bolme says "we are suppressing the problem, hopefully with what we are doing is it's not as rampant. But we feel like we are chasing our tails."

The larger quantities of meth being found have resulted in an increase in meth arrests.

The number of people arrested in Bismarck for meth peaked in 2005, then dropped to 4 cases in 2008.

But between 2011 and 2012 arrests jumped from 32 to 94 As of November 1st there have been 92 arrests in 2013.

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