HUNT Issues Annual ReportThu, 29 Apr 2021 16:26:13 EDT
The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team or HUNT has issued it's annual report.
The 2020 version has a surprising set of numbers, as Montmorency County had more arrests than any other jurisdiction in the four county area of Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle.
Montmorency had 29 percent, Alpena County 27 percent and the City of Alpena 19 percent, which typically led the way in the past. Presque Isle County had 14 percent of arrests followed by other areas at ten percent and Alcona at four.
Team Commander Detective Lieutenant Stuart Sharp says in the report that the pandemic presented its unique challenges to disrupt the sale of narcotics with only 52 arrests, the lowest since 2011. But officers were using some new and innovative methods to accomplish their mission.
He also notes that Methamphetamine, or meth has rapidly taken hold in the community, with 50 percent of cases involving distribution of the drug and 22 arrests being meth related. As well, meth is being mixed with fentanyl which elevates the danger of the substance. While meth labs have been declining, users and distributors are increasing. Some "Crystal Meth", being produced in Mexico, causes numerous cases of combative or violent behavior.
The top type of drug seized was various hallucinogens with a street value at over 38 thousand dollars, followed closely by meth at over 35-thousand, and all combined were valued at over 96-thousand dollars.
There were only 86 cases initiated last year, the lowest since 2011, but of those, 39 were meth cases, the leading drug type investigated.
Forfeitures totaled a value of over 59-thousand dollars, mostly in the form of vehicles.
The report will be available on line at the HUNT website, and you can check out this story on our news page for more information.
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