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Butte police make resolution to attack Mining City's drug problem

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BUTTE - Butte police have made a resolution to attack the Mining City’s drug problem in the New Year.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to make some strides in drug enforcement in 2018,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

Lester said meth continues to be a major problem in Butte, but the recent rise of prescription drug and opioid abuse is causing an alarming increase in heroin in the Mining City.

“Use of opioids, prescription opioids, when they can’t get those they typically turn to heroin, so we’ve seen some of that as well,” Lester said.

Police want to get more proactive in attacking the drug problem. They put an office to the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force and have a K-9 available to help search for drugs.

“That’s one more officer that will be available to work in those on-going investigations of drug trafficking in those seven counties, as well as continue to use our drug dog,” Lester said.

The sheriff said getting the drug problem in this community under control will prevent other crimes in the community as well.

“You get the spin-off crimes which are really the issue to the general public because those are the thefts, the burglaries, some of the financial crimes where you see forgeries and stolen credit cards,” Lester said.  “A lot of people don’t realize that the meth epidemic or the heroin epidemic is the cause of the property crimes that we see.”

A difficult resolution to make for a new year. 

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