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Preview: The Montana Highway Patrol targets drug traffickers

Posted at 6:47 AM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:10-04

BILLINGS – Drugs are infiltrating Montana communities faster than law enforcement can keep up.

In fact, meth prosecutions have increased 33 percent statewide as drug traffickers with direct lines to Mexican drug cartels use our Interstate road system as a drug superhighway.

In a Q2 Special Investigation, we dive into Montana’s meth epidemic and learn how law enforcement is tasked with stopping the drugs.

On the Interstate, Montana’s Highway Patrol acts as the first line of defense in the fight against meth.

In 2017 the Montana Legislature funded a criminal interdiction team.

Six full-time troopers with specialized training in narcotics are conducting high volumes of traffic stops looking for criminal activity and drugs.

Tuesday night, Andrea Lutz takes us along with troopers to show us how fast and how often drugs are seized on Montana roadways, shedding light on these drugs and how they get here.

Part one of “Drug Superhighway” airs tonight at 9 on CW Montana and at 10 on KTVQ.