SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Sioux Falls police say they seized a record 56.32 pounds of meth in 2018.
In October of 2018, officers seized more pounds of meth than in all of 2017 when 11.16 pounds were seized.
Chief Matt Burns made the announcement Tuesday morning. He also said the department seized a record 8.44 pounds of heroin in 2018 compared to 0.3 pounds in 2017.
Cocaine seizures were slightly up with 1.02 pounds in 2017 and 1.14 pounds in 2018. Marijuana seizures were down to 91.42 pounds in 2018 from 284.88 pounds in 2017.
While the overall crime rate remained steady last year, Burns said homicides were down for the first time in two years.
Sioux Falls had 10 homicides in 2017 and eight in 2018. Four of those eight were drug-related, Burns said.
Aggravated assaults were up last year at 330 compared to 306 in 2017. Stolen vehicles were also up in 2018 at 638 compared to 544 in 2017.
Vandalisms were down 1,447 last year from 1,590 in 2017. DWI arrests were also down 1,009 in 2018 from 1,220 in 2017.
In 2019, drugs will still be a priority for the police department, and the drug task force will continue their operations. That task force consists of eight officers, and they went on more than 400 operations in 2018.