Stevens County Sheriff Jason Dingman. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

A street drug from the past has returned in a big way to central Minnesota, according to Stevens County Sheriff Jason Dingman, who gave his annual report on Tuesday to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners.

The number of seizures by Minnesota’s Drug Task Force has risen 670 percent since 2014 – just on methamphetamine. Dingman said usage has been “skyrocketing.” He noted that Minnesota used to be a place where much of the meth got used, but now Minnesota has become a transportation hub for meth. Where a decade ago, arrests would yield a 10 pound load of meth, today’s arrests are seeing 100 pound loads much more common. Dingman said he was “sure” that a lot of meth was coming through Stevens County. “I guarantee it,” he said.

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