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2013 Drug Arrests Increase By 100 Across the State

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The number of drug-related arrests increases by one hundred across the state.

One hundred more drug arrests in a year is significant according to troopers.

A summary from the North Dakota Highway Patrol shows in 2012 troopers made a little more than eight hundred drug arrests.

In 2013, they made 913.

That's around one hundred more drug busts in a year.

Sgt. Tom Iverson says the patrol has an increase in K-9 units in the western part of the state, which might be related to the growing number of drug arrests.

But either way, troopers say 100 more in a year is significant.

"Predominantly the arrests are possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, typically related with marijuana as the majority but we do make a large amount of arrests for other drugs too, as far as meth or any other hard drugs." says Sgt. Tom Iverson, NDHP Education and Safety Officer.

The largest drug bust of the year was around 15 pounds of marijuana, seized in the Southeast region of the state.

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