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Drug Arrests Up, Assaults Down in 2017 for St. Clair; Police Chief Hopes to Remain at Full Staff

1.20.18 – Elizabeth Barmeier, Missourian

Drug arrests, overdoses and stealing reports increased in 2017 in St. Clair. Domestic assaults and motor vehicle accident reports were down.

Drug arrests increased from 174 in 2016 to a new record of 236 in 2017, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack. Last year was “by far the highest” number he said.

“We have seen an increase in heroin use. Methamphetamine use has been pretty stable; it’s been pretty consistent over the years,” Hammack said.

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