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Jackley promotes safety in 2014 for South Dakota

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"Hopefully at the end of the day we can better protect South Dakota from methamphetamine use, protect from human trafficking and crimes against children."  

As Attorney General, Marty Jackley's biggest concern is keeping South Dakotan's safe.

This legislative session he'll look to do that by introducing two new bills. The first: adapting new software to detect the sale of a main ingredient in methamphetamine. 

"What it will do is it will stop unauthorized sale of certain cold medicines at the counter when a store clerk begins to put in the date," said Jackley. "They will simply get a signal a stop alert telling them that the individual has already purchased their allotment of cold medicine." 

"It would actually stop the sale at the point of sale so there wouldn't need to be any prosecution and we wouldn't have that methamphetamine lab." 

A tool former Rapid City Chief of Police and current State Senator, Craig Tieszen would have used.   

"Meth is an interesting story of course when I started my law enforcement career we had no idea what meth was," said Tieszen. "Then it appeared on the scene it ballooned quickly it's an extremely devastating drug."

And 'devastating' is what Jackley calls another crisis in South Dakota: human trafficking.

"We did a case where the bad guy wasn't arguing about the cost to have sex with a young child," said Jackley "He felt that age 10 was too old." 

But it's the cost Jackley hopes to focus on with one of his latest pieces of legislation. 

"We're asking to take away the assets and the profits that they get from that human trafficking," said Jackley. "Take that money and put it to good use, give it back to the victims, use it for further law enforcement operations instead of tax payer money.

Because like the number of meth labs in South Dakota, sex crimes against children are also on the rise; Two priorities Jackley is determined to bring to the forefront of the legislature to make South Dakota a safer place.

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