After telling the Prescott City Council that the city has a seen a significant rise in drug activity at its last meeting, Police Chief Krutke expanded this information for members during their latest meeting Monday evening at the city building.
Krutke said there have been 146 drug cases within the city since 2012. Of them, just over half are felonies while the rest are misdemeanors. This includes both possession and selling.
What was alarming to Krutke and the Prescott PD was the sheer upward rise of the cases, from just seven in 2012 to 64 in 2014 alone. So far this year 29 cases are the book but Krutke pointed out that number is bound to rise as backlogged cases start making their way through the system.
“Why have we seen this rise? Krutke asked? “Well, because it’s easy. The drugs are easy to grow, easy to make and easy to find.”
Most of the drug cases involve marijuana although a significant number of them deal with methamphetamines. Krutke said that most of the drugs, between 85 to 90 percent, are found during traffic stops.
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