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Arrests bring Crystal Meth problem into focus

Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 19:45:10-05

Methamphetamine use is a growing problem in Manitowoc County, and after three arrests this week in Two Rivers, the community is taking notice.

"It's not good for any community," said Gregg Wolf of Manitowoc. "It undermines the structure of society when people are making poison and buying it and using it."

The Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit says 70% of its caseload is related to heroin or methamphetamine investigations.

"The last couple months of 2015 and early 2016 we've seen a dramatic increase both in investigations and information we're receiving related to meth use and distribution," said Lt. Dave Remiker with the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.

Problems with heroin were prevalent in the area starting in 2014, but now there is more of a switch to people using methamphetamine, said Lt. Remiker.

"There's more availability, it's cheaper than heroin, and that's what's growing that problem in this area," Lt. Remiker said.

It's also growing the caseload for the Metro Drug Unit.

"It adds that other level, both drug use and health and safety threat related to methamphetamine use, and also the production and the manufacturing of meth locally in residential communities around the county," said Lt. Remiker.

However, the Metro Drug Unit and other law enforcement agencies are working to keep the community safe by addressing these drug problems, especially in residential areas.