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Apr 7, 2018   |  

Tester touts bill he says would help fight drugs and crime

By: Q2 News

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., was a guest on Q2's Montana This Morning Friday, discussing a bill he believes will help cut down on illegal drug use and crime in Montana.

Tester is sponsoring the Assisting Narcotics and Trafficking Officers in Interdicting Drugs Act or the ANTI-Drugs Act

The bill calls for reauthorizing grants for High Density Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG).

Operation Stonegarden would help local, tribal and federal agencies intercept illegal drugs while defending our borders.

The bill is the result of meetings Tester held with Billings area law enforcement last December.

Tester heard from Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, who told him meth trafficking and meth use results in a myriad of violent crimes.

"It's a big problem throughout the state of Montana and I think it's a big problem throughout the country, " Tester said. "Whether you're talking opioids or meth or whatever it might be, there's a lot of different ways to attack the problem. Have to make sure the ports are secured because it's coming in, a lot of it through Mexico, some through Canada. Make sure those ports have the technology and the manpower they need. But then there's this angle, making sure local law enforcement has the resources that they need to catch the offenders when they happen to keep the people safe."

The senator's bill would add more than $800 million a year to the three programs.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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