- Associated Press - Monday, August 6, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Law enforcement officers have made more drug arrests at this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but fewer people were arrested for drunken driving so far.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says misdemeanor drug arrests from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday increased to 56 from 44 last year as the annual 10-day rally opened. Twenty-one felony drug arrests were made compared to 7 in 2017.

Thirty-six people were arrested for driving under the influence. That’s down from 49 during the same time last year.

Rally organizers say 500,000 riders and others are expected to descend on Sturgis, which has a population of about 6,900.


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