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Published May 09, 2014, 06:53 PM

Seized drug totals in the FM area

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Since the New Year, Fargo and Moorhead police have seized close to 15 pounds of illegal drugs from our community.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Since the New Year, Fargo and Moorhead police have seized close to 15 pounds of illegal drugs from our community.

In Moorhead one recent drug bust accounted for a substantial chunk of that total.

So far this year, the Moorhead Police narcotics team has cleared city streets of about 40 grams of meth and 20 grams of heroin, nearly half the meth and all of the heroine coming right out of this home.

Lt. Brad Penas/Moorhead Police Narcotics Unit: “Anytime you knock off a source of supply, it takes them a little while to get up and running again.”

Police say the Moorhead couple, Melissa Christiansen and Harry Desjarlait arrested earlier this week, was a major supply source.

Inside their home on 12th Street North, Police found marijuana, prescription pills and cash as well as close to 20 grams of both meth and heroin.

Penas: “It's kind of a rollercoaster ride for us. Numbers do periodically change throughout the year. The types of narcotics we're seeing or dealing with at times changes.”

Take a look at these pictures from the department.

Moorhead Police say heroin is their main concern now, but meth and marijuana round out the next two on their list.

In Fargo this year the narcotics team has already recovered 10 pounds of marijuana, 15 grams of meth, and 400 hits worth of LSD. Just to name a few.

Plus close to $55,000 in drug related seized assets.

Penas: “We know the flow of drugs that’s coming in and out of our community and going different directions. So we partner very well with everybody. Our narcotics especially work very well with each other, one another, and working joint investigations because narcotics know no boundaries so to speak.”

Police say many busts involve parties living, working, and dealing on both sides of the river.

These totals come from just the narcotics units of both police departments.

The Red River Valley Task Force and other officers also seize a substantial amount of drugs.

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