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Before Rally Starts, Officers Seize Drugs, Cash In Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The state Highway Patrol says so far this week there have been more than 40 drug arrests and almost $6,000 in cash seized in western South Dakota as attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally continue to flood the region.

This year’s rally doesn’t officially begin until Monday but bikers and visitors have been showing up for weeks.

The patrol says since Tuesday morning there have been 16 felony drug arrests and 25 misdemeanor drug arrests, most of which have been in the city of Sturgis.

The data also includes incidents elsewhere in the western part of the state.

Officers have also issued 15 DUI arrests, 200 citations and 476 warnings.