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RAPID CITY, S.D. –  It’s an epidemic with a risk that has continued to grow in KOTA Territory, meth and violence.

Since 2011, law enforcement in Rapid City says they seen a sharp increase in the numbers of meth cases, many of them linked heavily to violence.

Officers have been taking a number of dangerous weapons off the streets, like this high–point semi automatic rifle that was seized with a large amount of hollow point ammunition in a meth bust Tuesday night.

Patrol Lieutenant John Olson says that there is already a risk dealing with suspects under the influence of a controlled substance, and the weapons they have been finding only elevates that risk even higher.

“Coming across an assault rifle, not all that common, but we know with those kinds of things get used for, especially by people with drugs, and a lot of our very serious assaults occurred because people have had weapons”, said Olson.

The Rapid City Police Department launched it’s street crimes unit in 2011, largely to help combat the rising meth problem, and the crimes often associated with it.

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