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Dec 2, 2010 6:52 PM by Marnee Banks - Montana's News Station

US Attorney Cotter discusses Montana drug problem

HELENA - According to the U.S. Attorney's office Montana saw 70 drug trafficking case last year.

Thursday morning Montana's U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter spoke to a group of Helena residents at Hometown Helena. He told the group despite Montana being a small state there are significant drug problems.

He says the three main drugs in Montana are marijuana, cocaine and meth.

"Marijuana is still a scheduled drug, it is still a crime. What we do in our office for taking a marijuana case federally is either 100 plants or 100 kilos," said Cotter.

Cotter says the federal government will also get involved in marijuana cases when firearms are involved, when there have been sales to minors or when other controlled substances are being sold along with marijuana.

He says the biggest drug trafficking cases are centered in Billings and Great Falls. Cotter says his office is working with other federal agencies and local law enforcement to prosecute these cases.

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