Drug-related crimes ‘dramatically’ increase in Killdeer

The recent case of a grandmother caught in the possession of marijuana was only one of the many drug-related crimes facing Dunn County.

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

 Posted March 8, 2013

The recent case of a grandmother caught in the possession of marijuana was only one of the many drug-related crimes facing Dunn County.

Killdeer City Police Chief Chris Fenstermaker has been in Killdeer since 2009. Since then, he said he’s noticed a rapid increase of drug use in the city. And it’s just one more effect of the Bakken oil boom.

“We deal with more today than we dealt with when I first started,” Fenstermaker said. “The more population coming in, obviously the more cases involving drugs we deal with.”

The two-person police department currently is working on a couple different investigations involving drugs. Killdeer contracts the Southwest Narcotics Task Force out of Dickinson, who deals with a lot of cases Killdeer passes along.

“They do a lot of the legwork for us,” he said.

While all drugs could be present in the area, marijuana and methamphetamines are the two major drugs plaguing Killdeer.

“It’s just something that we’re going to get more of with the more people that come into our area,” he said.

Nonresidents of the Dunn County area, mostly those from out of state, commit most of the drug-related crimes.

“It’s to be expected when people can come out here and get a job making $25 an hour and have the minimum qualifications,” he said. “That’s a lot of money.”

“We’re just staying vigilant and try to follow every lead. We work well with our other agencies to make sure that, as a whole, we get this job that is community policing done.”

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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