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Drug arrests up at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

August 6, 2018
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In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, photo, Rob Gregory, of Knoxville, Tenn., sits on his motorcycle parked along Main Street in Sturgis, S.D., during the 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officers have made more drug arrests at this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but fewer people were arrested for drunken driving so far.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says misdemeanor drug arrests from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday increased to 56 from 44 last year as the annual 10-day rally opened. Twenty-one felony drug arrests were made compared to 7 in 2017.

Thirty-six people were arrested for driving under the influence. That’s down from 49 during the same time last year.

Rally organizers say 500,000 riders and others are expected to descend on Sturgis, which has a population of about 6,900.

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