Will Colorado's marijuana law affect drug trafficking in SD? - KOTA Territory News

Will Colorado's marijuana law affect drug trafficking in SD?

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Not a whole lot surprises Sgt. Tony Harrison. "I've seen a lot of goofy things," said Harrison

In the six years he's been with the Rapid City Police Department's Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team or UNET, he's seen it all. "They used the interior of the pickup body as the transport and it was very sophisticated," said Harrison.

But now that there's no hiding marijuana in Colorado, will drug enforcement officers need to brace for an influx of drug trafficking?

Harrison doesn't think so, at least not in South Dakota. "I don't think we're going to find it in a large bulk amounts. They won't be hauling 50 to 100 pounds up here from other states," said Harrison.

But he does think there could be more possession of marijuana for recreational use. "I think as more states legalize marijuana use I think we are going to find more people possessing it," said Harrison.

Available statistics show 664 marijuana-related arrests in the state last year a number that's likely to increase.

Pennington County Sheriff, Kevin Thom, says he sees a bigger problem. "It creates some jurisdictional confusion potentially for people who are in Colorado smoking,  then they drive up here for vacation and have marijuana on them thinking it's ok, but it's not ok here in South Dakota," said Thom.

Possession of marijuana in the state of South Dakota is illegal, and if you have more than two ounces it is considered a felony.




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