Project Stand Up rolled out to fight illegal drugs in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - South Dakota law enforcement is facing a war on drugs, and asking for help.

Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking the public to use Project Stand Up, an anonymous texting program to submit tips about illegal drugs. The state-wide program connects all law enforcement agencies to combat the current issue South Dakota has with meth.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for South Dakota to fight the war on drugs,” said Attorney General Jackley. “This makes every cell phone in the state the eyes and ears for law enforcement.”

The coordinated tip line allows users to text ‘drugs’ to 82257. The tipster will then be asked a few questions and request for additional information while remaining anonymous.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says the new program will work in conjunction with Rapid City's current 411 tip line.

Jegeris also invites Pine Ridge residents to use the anonymous tip line to take a stand on meth and the devastation it is causing.

"The only way we are going to put an end to (the meth epidemic) is to stand up together and engage our communities. Both tribal and Rapid City community,” said Jegeris, “We ask the community to share that information we need to put an end to this surge of methamphetamine that is plaguing us right now.