According to Kevin Burns, Northwest Drug Task Force supervisor, 95 percent of cases involve meth.
"It's more prevalent and they get more of a high, a longer high," he
said.When a drug user runs out of money and they crave a hit, society is often the target.Dial directly links drug use to many other crimes in the Whitefish area, specifically burglaries and thefts.Domestic assaults are also related to drug use."Statistics show thefts and burglaries are higher.It starts with stealing CDs or a pair of Serengeti sunglasses that are worth something and then they sell them," Dial said."The DOJ
, the FBI
and the DEA
also have information that suggests that the sale of drugs supports terrorists."
said a national program, the Byrne grant, almost entirely funds the task force.The grant works in conjunction with another grant, a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grant, to fight drug abuse in Flathead County. "Our involvement is with Whitefish
and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office
.The county pays for supplies, phone, a pager, office space and a car plus $9,600 a year.There are currently 11 officers on the Drug Task Force
said.The task force proved their commitment to combat substance abuse in the county Tuesday morning when they arrested two Kalispell people, a 44 year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, in a Shady Lane residence on meth-related charges, including operation of an unlawful clandestine lab, possession of dangerous drugs and endangering a child.A 4-year-old boy was at the home at the time of the arrest and was turned over to his
mother, who was at work.