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Nampa PD: Narcotics busts on the rise

Narcotics in Idaho have been an on-going problem. But, according to Nampa Police, the growth of the city is a contributing factor to the rise in narcotics busts. (File Photo)

Nampa Police are taking to social media to show how they're hard at work tackling the narcotics flow in the city.

The tweet came as a result of multiple on-going narcotics cases police are investigating. Social media is just one tool to educate the public on what drugs are flooding the streets of Nampa.

"We're wanting to make life better for our citizens here in Nampa," Riha said.

Sgt. Tim Riha with the Nampa Police Department says their narcotics unit and patrol teams have been very busy. Officers are seeing more of different types of drugs, such as an increase in heroin and opiate type drugs in their community.

"The methamphetamine traffic is still very prolific in the valley area as well so it does provide our officers with plenty of work to be done," Riha said.

Pictured above are some of the bigger cases investigators are working on. Seizures have included meth, heroin, marijuana and Oxycontin. This particular street value totals over 270 thousand dollars.

"Their goal is to go out and interrupt the drug trade that's going on in our city," Riha said.

The narcotics unit has renewed their focus to not only work on the big cases with top dealers, but to focus on neighborhood dealers and problem houses within the area.

"Yes if we take out the big dealers that puts a disruption but disrupting their sales representatives also has quite an effect. And a lot of times, we're able to then climb that ladder," Riha said.

Narcotics in Idaho have been an on-going problem. But, according to Nampa Police, the growth of the city is a contributing factor to the rise in narcotics busts.

"With the increased population we're going to see more of that type of crime move into our area. And we do our best to go out and put a dent in it every day and hope we're making a better place for people to live," Riha said.

Riha says every day is different. Some days will be filled with drug arrests and others run silent.

"I also think that just the availability of the drugs. They become more available, there's more supply so then there becomes more demand," RIha said.

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