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Drug arrests increase legal work

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Local law enforcement officers have been so successful in making drug arrests recently that it has caused a bottleneck in legal processes.

Darin J. Raymond, county attorney, has asked law enforcement agencies to limit arrests to about four a week if possible, he told county supervisors. In one day, the Le Mars Police Department made 13 arrests after executing search warrants.

Since the prosecutor is required to process legal work within so many hours, according to state laws, the large numbers have meant that some deadlines could not be met.

Raymond responded to county supervisors' questions that Sioux City and Woodbury County are still considered the "meth capital" of the Midwest. Plymouth County becomes somewhat of a "bedroom community" to that business, he explained June 28.

Methamphetamine and other drugs contribute to the number of cases to be prosecuted, he told county supervisors.

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