UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
MART -- A local police force is cracking down on a rapidly increasing drug problem over the past three years.
The number of drug arrests have tripled in the town of Mart.
There were nine arrests in 2009 but in 2011 that number jumped to 34 and in a town of about 2500 people, that's a high number.
Police tell us the main drug in the area is marijuana but now they're seeing more controlled substances.
"We're seeing a large number of those in the school zone and these are from the distributors as well as the buyers and we do believe that the sellers are targeting the school as a means to sell it. It seems like all of the houses that we get complaints on are nestled near the school," said Mart Police Chief David Monthey.
To fight this drug problem Chief Monthey said they have increased patrols added more officers to their staff and have started an awareness program to encourage the community to start looking for signs of drug activity.