Ida County sees increase in drug cases, arrests, accidents

The Ida County Sheriff’s Office saw a significant increase in drug-related cases in 2018. Deputies also saw an increase in crimes involving thefts, burglaries and stolen vehicles.

Drug-related charges jumped from 59 in 2017 to 113 last year. Charges included: 18 for possession of methamphetamine, 28 for possession of marijuana, five for illegal possession of prescription medications, six for possession of controlled substances, five for failure to affix a drug tax stamp and 51 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

These charges do not count the warrant arrests for contempt of court where the original charge was drug related.

In 2017, drug charges included 43 for possession of drug paraphernalia and 16 charges for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and drug tax stamp violations.

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