South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joins in a call for Congress to pass the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act. This week, 52 state and territory attorneys general signed a letter in support of the SOFA Act, which they say will close a loophole that keeps law enforcement a step behind the growing opioid epidemic. 

Meth Arrests Up in South Dakota

Nov 1, 2017

South Dakota officials says meth arrests are up by thirty two percent, statewide, from this time last year.

Several counties experienced a substantial increase in meth arrests, including Minnehaha, Pennington, Fall River and Oglala Lakota counties.

Bryan Gortmaker is the Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation with the Attorney General’s office in South Dakota.

He says law enforcement has only busted six meth labs this year. He says that means most of the meth is trafficked into the state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota authorities have taken 500-thousand dollars’ worth of a dangerous drug off the street. Tuesday Chamberlain Police and the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant. They found 20,000 fentanyl pills.

Fentanyl has real medical uses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that doctors prescribe the synthetic opioid to ease pain after surgery or alleviate chronic pain. People addicted to drugs may use fentanyl that’s manufactured for medicine.