- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Bismarck say economic prosperity in the region is leading to a steady increase in drug crimes in North Dakota’s capital city.

Police Chief Dan Donlin says the number of drug crimes continues to rise “year after year after year.” Police say officers a decade ago were dealing with controlled buys involving half-grams and grams, and now it’s ounces and pounds.

The Police Department this week released its annual crime statistics for 2014. Drug-related violations were up more than 13 percent from 2013.

Bismarck officers last year seized 73 pounds of marijuana and more than 700 grams of methamphetamine.

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