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More Marijuana Passing Through Idaho
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) With states like Colorado and Washington legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, and Oregon, Montana and California upholding their stance on medical marijuana, Idaho is finding itself in the middle.
Troopers tell us they are seeing an increasing amount of marijuana crossing through the state.
Typically the high traffic season for marijuana in our area is in the fall.
However, with Idaho being surrounded by pro pot states, the amount of marijuana trafficking is increasing on a daily basis.
This puts the Gem State between a rock and a hard place.
"We've seen an increase of about 20% every quarter of seizures of marijuana. And they are bigger seizures than what we used to see of just user amounts," explains Lt. Kyle Fullmer, Idaho State Police.
The State of Idaho is facing an uphill battle when it comes to marijuana trafficking, but it's a battle authorities aren't scared of.
"The northbound I-15... Pocatello is having quite a bit of success. They are also having success on the break off from 84 and headed out on 86 coming out of Utah. And we're seeing some success over right on the Oregon border on I-84," Fullmer says.
When ISP troopers make a stop, it seems there is a common reaction.
"You will hear of them and they will offer us their medical marijuana card, which is recognition that they have the ability to posses in those other states... but they do not here in Idaho," Fullmer explains.
When that happens, it's a big tip off for troopers that there may be drugs on board.
But, as the cultural state of mind swings in the direction of the use of marijuana, troopers are noticing a much more relaxed, even cavalier, attitude toward the laws.
"In years past, people would get a lot more nervous and things like that. And nowadays they don't; they just think it's not a big deal," Fullmer says.
Fullmer thinks it’s a big deal.
It may be legal in your state, but here in Idaho you're breaking the law.
"Anytime you come into a state that the drug is illegal... it's a gamble if you're going to make it through here... if you're not going to have contact with law enforcement," Fullmer points out.
An uphill battle to protect the laws of Idaho... and keeping the Gem State’s roadways free of illegal drugs.
It's not just marijuana that ISP is battling against.
Due to Mexican drug wars, the price of methamphetamines in the state of Idaho is at an all time low.