Idaho’s highways might be full of criminals if a recent two day “emphasis patrol” by Idaho State troopers and local coppers is any indication. Seems that nearly half of the 156 motorists they stopped ended up charged with drug violations.
Here is the official breakdown from the District 2 office at Lewiston:
On October 23 and 24, 2018, the Idaho State Police conducted an emphasis patrol on US Highway 12 and US Highway 95 near Lewiston, Idaho with support from the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce Tribal Police Department and Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. The focus of the patrol was to enhance traffic safety and disrupt criminal activity.
During the 2 day emphasis patrol, 156 vehicles were stopped for traffic violations. Upon further investigation of those stops, law enforcement identified 14 felony drug violations and 62 misdemeanor drug violations. Eight individuals were arrested for outstanding warrants and one driver was arrested for DUI. Multiple citations and warnings were issued for traffic violations. The Idaho State Police appreciates allied agency support of its mission to provide public safety across the State of Idaho through law enforcement excellence.
Sgt. Ken Yount (who happens to patrol with a drug dog) told the GUARDIAN the figures aren’t as alarming as it may appear.
“I think we had about 30 cases because there were multiple violations among additional passengers in some of the vehicles and the majority of the incidents involved illegal personal use,” said Yount.
No cash, vehicles, or other property was seized.
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