RCPD receives funding for vehicle to help with drug investigations

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The Rapid City Police Department has received $20,000 from the Attorney General's Drug Control Fund for a new vehicle.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Drug Control Fund is funded by drug forfeiture money.

The police department, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation have a joint task force called the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Detectives assigned to this team will use the vehicle to conduct drug investigations.

South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation Sergeant Cathy Brock says, "This is actually going to be a replacement vehicle so it's not going to be an additional vehicle to our unit. However, there is an increase in drug seized and also drug arrests with the Pennington County area consistently throughout the years."

The Drug Control Fund distributed about $195,000 to 13 agencies around the state.

These organizations will use the money for equipment, testing kits, training, vehicles, and a youth program.