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SD agency suffers from federal sequester cutbacks

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Come August, people from around the nation will be traveling to the Sturgis rally. As law enforcement prepares, they will have to do so without the help of one agency.

Federal agents who help investigate crimes at the annual motorcycle rally wont be coming from Sioux Falls this year.

Thanks to federal sequester budget cutbacks, the traveling budget for the Sioux Falls ATF or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency.

With hundreds of thousands traveling to Sturgis, Law enforcement is heavily outnumbered.

But Meade County Chief Deputy Tom Wilts says law enforcement won't be left high and dry.

Wilts says, "I really don't have huge concerns because we still have a local contingency of ATF agents that are here in the state of South Dakota and we will be utilizing their assistance."

The ATF has had up to 20 agents at past rallies. One of the ATF's main rally duties has been to track so called outlaw motorcycle clubs.

This year's rally is August 5th through the 11th.

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