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Newly implemented MHP drug team hauls in record-breaking narcotics

Lawmakers look at different approach to meth epidemic

The Montana Highway Patrol's newly implemented drug interdiction team set a record in the last year for the number of drugs seized.

In 2016 troopers seized 1,273 pounds of illegal drugs, which consisted of marijuana, methamphetamine and more.

Since the drug task force was implemented in July 2017 the force recovered more than 3,400 pounds of illegal drugs.

Sgt. Pat McLaughlin of the Montana Highway Patrol says the southwest Montana area has been seeing an uptick in narcotics and other illegal activities that come with it.

"A lot more dangerous drugs coming through the state," McLaughlin said. "Not just marijuana but a lot of methamphetamines. A lot of heroin and, you know, everything that goes with the drugs. High dollar amounts coming through in bundles. We're seeing human trafficking."

Troopers credit the record-breaking year to their work with other law enforcement agencies as well.

The drug team includes six troopers and two K-9 units that are split into two teams covering the eastern and western sides of the state.

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