A law enforcement task force in Montana arrested more suspects and seized more meth, heroin and firearms in 2018 compared to the year before.
The Montana Violent Offenders Task Force seized roughly 15 pounds of meth in 2018, compared to 13 pounds in 2017, according to data provided in a recent U.S. Marshals Service press release.
Heroin seizures rose from 10 ounces in 2017 to 17 ounces in 2018, and the task force seized 36 firearms last year, up from 23 the year before.
The group's arrests rose by 26 percent, from 1,479 in 2017 to 1,871 in 2018. That increase is largely due to the Great Falls Police Department joining the task force, the U.S. Marshals Service noted.
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The task force is a partnership of law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels and includes four municipal police departments, six sheriff's offices, four tribal law enforcement agencies, the Montana Attorney General's Office and Montana Probation and Parole. It is sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The task force also conducted sex offender compliance operations in 12 counties and on six reservations, reaching roughly 50 percent of the registered sex offenders in the state, the U.S. Marshals Service noted.