Sioux Falls police announce new Narcotics Crime Unit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - City leaders in Sioux Falls have announced a new crime unit aimed at cutting down on drug-related crime in the city.

Mayor Paul TenHaken and Police Chief Matt Burns announced the creation of the Narcotics Crime Unit Wednesday morning.

Burns said the the NCU will have two detectives who focus on drug enforcement. The unit will supplement the enforcement efforts of the Police Narcotics Section and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. These efforts by the NCU would free up narcotics detectives to prioritize their efforts to work larger drug trafficking cases to ultimately disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations.

According to police, over the past several years, narcotics cases have steadily risen in Sioux Falls. From 2015 to 2017, there was a 24% increase in the number of drug cases, methamphetamine arrests went up 77% and methamphetamine distribution arrest numbers have gone up 62%.