Drug Crime Increases in 2013

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Updated: 7/02/2014 7:42 pm
While the latest figures for Crime in Idaho from the Idaho State Police paint a picture of crime on the decline, there are certain offenses where the Gem State is seeing an increase in criminal activity.

According to the 2013 Crime in Idaho Report, 2013 saw the highest number of drug and narcotic violations in the last five years.

Last year Idaho saw a little over 8,700 violations, an 8.7 percent increase from 2012. 2013 saw 7,600 arrests and of those arrests, more than a third were individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 and 12 percent were juveniles.

So which types of drugs and how much was seized in Idaho in 2013? Marijuana is down from 2012 with more than 1,300 pounds seized, cocaine meanwhile is up exponentially with nearly 140 lbs. picked up in 2013 versus 2.32 lbs in 2012. Heroin is up from 2012 as well, 348 grams to nearly 973 grams, and what’s listed as other narcotics, went from 527 grams in 2012 to more than 3,000 grams in 2013.

To give you an idea of how these numbers impacted other offenses; the report says drug or alcohol use was suspected in the commission of just over 20 percent of other crimes.

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