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ND Attorney General Says Meth Is Becoming a Serious Drug Problem

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The North Dakota Attorney General says some narcotics task forces tell him meth is becoming their most significant drug problem.

Wayne Stenehjem says it seems crystal meth is coming directly from California, Arizona and the Southern Border, which tells him people involved are more closely related to its production.

He says the biggest concern use to be local drug operatives making an ounce or less of the drug, but now task forces see it come in the pounds.

He also says the sellers are almost always armed now.

While he sees the drug on the rise across the state, he says task forces especially find activity in the West where the price of the drug is high and there are plenty of willing purchasers.

"It's becoming increasingly serious for us here in the state of North Dakota and we're also seeing the profit motive is there because the price on the street of the meth that is being sold is higher than it is elsewhere in the country," says North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Stenehjem says the state is working closely with the Highway Patrol, and the federal government has stepped up sending agents as well.

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