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Local Law Enforcement Voices Frustrations with Gang and Meth Crime

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YAKIMA, Wa -  The Yakima Police Department Deals with gang and meth related crime on a daily basis.  

Officer Dulce Diaz heads out on patrol for the day...

"You arrest some person.  Put 'em in jail," says Officer Diaz, "They're out in a few days and they do it again."

She shows points out the big "problem" areas on Yakima's east side.

The frustrating part for officers like Diaz; they're doing their job, making the arrests, but those same criminals are out on the street in just a few days.

It's equally frustrating, when millions in federal funding gets log jammed in congress.

"It's sustainability," says Lt. Mike Merryman, "Can we count on the funding long term.  The Meth problem is not going away in six months, or a year."

Officers routinely confiscate meth.

"It comes in crystal form or rock," says Officer Diaz as she points to some meth in the evidence room at YPD.

Officer Diaz says gangs and meth also cause a big spike in property crime.

She knows where the criminals are, and continues to make the arrests, but she know it's not a long-term solution.

"Certain areas, like here in Maple Valley. We're here everyday."

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