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Meth on the rise


Ryan Welch

Over 500 grams of methamphetamine along with paraphernalia that was confiscated a couple years ago by officers with the Tri-Agency Task Force lays on a table in the Havre Police station Tuesday.

Methamphetamines and opiates are on the rise again in Havre, and the police force and the Tri-Agency Task Force are making strides in keeping the substance out, officials said.

According to the Montana Incident-Based Reporting System, the drug offense rate, per 1,000 people, has almost tripled in Havre over the 10 years from 2007 to 2017, with the largest increases within the past five years.

Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich said a large number of these drug offenses are due to a drastic rise in methamphetamines seen statewide. Matosich added that the meth that is coming to Havre is comi...

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