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ND Highway Patrol says drug arrests up

BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers are making more drug trafficking arrests.

The patrol credits much of the success to specialized training that the troopers have been receiving.

The agency says that in the 12-month period from September 2008 through August 2009, troopers discovered about 20 pounds of marijuana and half a pound of methamphetamine and seized more than $5,000 in drug-related money.

But in the eight months from last August through March, troopers seized more than 216 pounds of marijuana, 7 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $50,000 in drug money.

Troopers have made 49 arrests for intent to deliver drug violations since September 2008. More than half of those arrests were in the past six months.