Almost 500 Pounds of Meth Seized by Minnesota Authorities
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - State law enforcement officials are reporting a record amount of drugs were seized in Minnesota last year.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says Violent Crime Enforcement Teams seized 488 pounds of methamphetamine in 2016. That represents a 484-percent increase when compared to 2009, which is the year that meth seizures in Minnesota were at the lowest level on record at only 83 pounds.
Officials say prescription pill seizures, which covers oxycontin and other opioids, shot up over 230-percent last year and cocaine seizures tripled last year to over 37 pounds. Marijuana seizures were down slightly, while heroin seizures fell 44-percent in 2016 to just under 11 pounds.
Officials say the vast majority of the meth and heroin consumed in Minnesota is coming from Mexico, while China is a major source of fentanyl products and other drugs.
“The rate at which drugs are being seized around the state should concern every Minnesotan,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. “Law enforcement can’t win this battle alone. We need parents, educators and the peers of those who take drugs to say enough is enough. Together we can save lives.”
The Minnesota Department of Human Services says admissions for methamphetamine treatment soared to over 11,500 last year, easily surpassing the previous peak of about 6700 in 2005. The statistics also show drug overdose deaths in Minnesota have shot up over 400-percent during the past 15 years.