Police in Potter County arrested two individuals in just one week’s time on methamphetamine related charges.

Adam Sallade, 32, of Roulette, was arrested at East 2nd St., SwedEn Township in response to a search incident June 15 after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found on his person. Charges were filed in district court.

Clint Fowler, 42, of Austin, was arrested and charged in district court following a routine safety enforcement check on Cowley Hill Road, Keating Township June 16. Police encountered a 2008 Ford Escape driven by Fowler, who police said was found to driving under the influence and in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia and precursors of a meth lab operation were discovered in his residence. He was jailed in Potter County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.The recent arrests are indicative of increasing methamphetamine prevalence in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (drugs such as fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol) increased by 10%, from 9.0 in 2017 to 9.9 in 2018. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment, “overall methamphetamine reports have increased significantly since 2010. National Forensic Laboratory Information System data also indicates methamphetamine reports represent an increasingly larger portion of the total number of all drug reports, growing from 8% of all reports submitted in 2009 to 40% of all reports submitted in 2017.”