Sheriff’s Office report shows sharp increase in felony-level crimes

By Roz Weis,

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The first half of 2023 has continued to be busy for the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, with a sharp increase in felony-level crimes in the area.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, along with the felony-level crimes comes an increase in large-scale drugs and narcotics cases, which has also led to double the amount of search warrants conducted at this time last year.

In a snapshop of the statistics releaesd by the Sheriff’s Office for the six-month period (January through June) there were 50 search warrants issued, compared to 25 for the same period a year ago.

Methamphetamine seized by investigating officers totaled 5,089 grams, compared to 2 grams seized in the first half of last year. The amount of Fentanyl seized went from 0 grams to 5 grams during the last six months. Calls for service at the Sheriff’s Office increased to 4,575 compared to 4,318 for the same period last year. Felony charges increased from 26 to 52, and K9 searches provided by the Sheriff’s Office went from 18 a year ago to 41 in the last six months.

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