Drug arrests by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) were slightly higher in 2017, according to CrimeStar records provided to the Daily Guide by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

PCSD ended the year with four more drug arrests in 2017 than were made in 2016. The comparison is for the entire year.

CrimeStar is the records and management system used by law enforcement to track their information.

Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench provided the Daily Guide with CrimeStar reports for 2016 and 2017 and the Daily Guide compaired the numbers between years for several different types of crimes, which will be presented in a series of articles over the next three days beginning with the drug article.

The biggest difference between 2016 and 2017 data that stood out, as the Daily Guide looked over the information, was the codes assigned to arrests. In the 2017 data, the arrests are broken down into more subtypes in the drug category than they are in the 2016 report.

In 2016, there are only 10 drug arrest codes, however in 2017, there are 19. It appears the new codes further explain the arrest. For example the codes break down whether or not an arrest was for marijuana or a synthetic cannibinoid.

The numbers are presented as they appear in the information provided to the Daily Guide. Questions about the statistics should be directed to PCSD.

 

2016 172 POSSESS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE EXCEPT ...

1 FRAUDULENTLY ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN..

43 MANF/PRODUCE OR ATTEMPT TO...

4DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE...

50 USE, OR POSSES WITH INTENT TO USE...

1 DELIVERY OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

1 POSSESS AN IMITATION CONTROLLED DRUG

2 POSSESSION OF ANY METHAMPHETAMINE..

3 POSSESS CHMICASL WITH INTENT TO

1 DELIVER/ATTEMPT TO...

 

2017

68 POSSESS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE EXCEPT ...

1 FRAUDULENTLY ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN..

15 MANF/PRODUCE OR ATTEMPT TO...

29 POSS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - FELONY

21 POSS CONTROLLED SUB EXCPT 35G> CNNBNOID.

3 MISD-POSS UP TO 35 GRAMS MARIJUANA

1 POSS UP TO 35 GRMS CNNBNOID

12 POPOSS UP TO 35 GRMS MARIJUANA

1 POSSESS C/S PRIOR OFFEND

14 USE, OR POSSES WITH INTENT TO USE,...

8 UNLAWFUL USE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

2 POSSES DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

1 DISTRIBUTE OR DISPENSE A CONTROLLED

1 DELIVER/ATTEMPT TO...

3 DELIVER/POSSESS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE...

2 DWI/DRUG INTOX

62 POSSESS CONTROL SUBSTANCE EXCEPT 35 ...

14 DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

18 UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG...

 

Editor's note: When this article appeared in print, in the Thursday, January 11, 2017, edition of the Daily Guide, the number of categories for 2017 was incorrectly reported as 30. This was due to arrests reported multiple times with the same code number, but the print appeared slightly different. Those numbers were combined into one for convenience. As an example, the code for POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/SYNTHETIC is 579.015, however that code also appears three more times as POSSESS CONTROL SUBSTANCE EXCEPT 35, POSSESS MARIJUANA/SYNTHETIC, and POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/SYNTHETIC. At first glance through the data it appears there are 30 categories, when there are only 19. This was not corrected in the body of the article before it went to print. The Daily Guide apologizes for the confusion.