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Patrols ramp up as break-ins rise in rural areas of county

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – The illegal narcotic trade is probably at the root of a recent spate of burglaries in rural Nyssa, a situation that prompted the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office to beef up its patrols in the area.

“We have a lot of burglaries right now. Many of those burglaries are related to controlled substances and drugs,” Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe said.

The burglaries – and their probable ties to illegal drugs – reflect a nationwide trend in the war on illegal narcotics, a conflict that has already cost the nation $1 trillion since the early 1970s.

Wolfe said the secluded nature of many of the places that are burglarized can hamper efforts to catch the culprits.

“They are hitting farm shops and places they know may not be occupied. In rural Nyssa you (usually) have . . .