Attorney General Marty Jackley discusses the opioid crisis and legislation passed this session in Pierre to increase penalties for drug-related offenses. We also discuss the potential impact of the White House Opioid Summit on March 1, 2018.

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 2

SD Legislative Research Council

In The Moment ... February 22, 2018 Show 282 Hour 2

South Dakota state Senator Lance Russell is from Hot Springs and represents District 30. This session he chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. As lawmakers prepare for crossover day in Pierre, we discuss the work of the committee thusfar.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 1

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session is underway in Pierre. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joins us for a preview of his legislative agenda.

State Adds Electronic Devices To Wiretapping Law

Feb 3, 2017

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill this morning that adds electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws.

More specifically, Daugaard says the bill allows law enforcement to monitor cell phone calls.

“The bills intent was not to intercept emails or intercept text messages. The intent was to tap into audible cell phones.”

Daugaard says the move is part of the state’s attempt to address the methamphetamine epidemic.

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The head of South Dakota’s Supreme Court says the probation system in the state is stretched thin.

With rising rates of drug related offenses, Chief Justice took time to reiterate the savings of the state’s probation program as opposed to incarceration.

South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson calls the rising rates of addiction in South Dakota a new wave of evil.

He says the drug problem in South Dakota has exploded.

Gilbertson says drug crimes accounted for 41 percent of prison admissions in the last fiscal year.

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the legislature to update the state’s wiretapping laws.

The move is part of an overall attempt to address the state's methamphetamine epidemic. Daugaard says the update allows police to monitor drug trafficking.

Daugaard says right now law enforcement can use court orders to tap into landline phones.

South Dakota Department of Corrections

Meth is continuing to be present in South Dakota. State officials are tasked with taking on the problem on a number of levels.

Denny Kaemingk is the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Corrections and Amy Iverson-Pollreiz is the Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. They join Dakota Midday to talk about the state's drug policy and the people effected.

Democratic National Convention

The Dakota Political Junkies are back on Dakota Midday to talk about the week in politics. Kevin Woster is with the KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau and Jon Hunter is the publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.

They discuss everything from a possible meth epidemic in South Dakota to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in South Dakota.  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the Rapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

The Indian Health Service is giving nearly $1 million to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in South Dakota. The funds are part of more than $13 million awarded nationwide.


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Police arrested two people Thursday after they found meth in a house with an in-home daycare near a Sioux Falls elementary school. Authorities say they discovered 5.9 grams of meth divided into seven baggies. Officer Sam Clemens says police received a specific, credible tip Thursday morning and decided not to wait.

A mobile meth lab explosion in Sioux Falls is drawing more attention to the hazards of manufacturing drugs. Two people were burned when their one-pot meth lab burst Friday evening, starting a car on fire.

JayJay Coronado, 29, suffered chemical burns so bad he was airlifted to a burn unit in Minnesota. Kristy Wilker, 38 years old, was treated in Sioux Falls. Both face charges including possession and manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed another bill into law today/on Monday, to help reduce the amount of methamphetamine labs in the state of South Dakota. Since 2008 the state has seen an increase in the amount of meth being produced and sold.

Senate Bill 24 implements a new tracking system known as the National Precursor Log Exchange. This system allows for real-time tracking of pseudoephedrine. Attorney General Marty Jackley says this new program will help diminish the meth problem in South Dakota.

SD AG Wants To Crack Down On Meth Makers

Jan 14, 2014

The South Dakota Attorney General  wants to crack down on those who turn cold medicine into illegal drugs. Attorney General Marty Jackley says criminals are buying cold medicine and using it to manufacture meth. Jackley is proposing tighter restrictions and digital tracking of the purchases of pseudoephedrine.

A series of events Wednesday morning led the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police Department to seize about 9 pounds of methamphetamine and over $94,000 cash. A woman rented a hotel room in southwest Sioux Falls and upon checkout, forgot a large amount of cash under the mattress. Employees were suspicious of her story to re-enter the room and called police. Chief Doug Barthel says the amount of drugs seized equals about a half of a million dollars on the street.