(video) — Nearly $20,000 was seized by authorities over the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, along with seven vehicles, according to a release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Authorities seized $18,763 over the seven-day rally, mostly due to drug arrests made during traffic stops, said SDDOP spokesman Tony Mangan. That’s over four times as much money seized during last year’s rally.
A few “significant” arrests contributed to this year’s large seizure amount, Mangan said.
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Seven vehicles were also seized for drug possession, compared to six vehicles seized last year.
Also in the report, five people died during the rally in motorcycle crashes. Only two people died last year.
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DUI arrests, total citations and total warnings were all lower than last year’s total, according to the report. Drug arrests and crashes were higher than last year.
Saturday injury crash:
At 7:23 p.m., Saturday, Interstate 90, mile marker 10, Spearfish: A 1999 Harley Davidson Electra Glide was westbound on Interstate 90 when the vehicle left the roadway to the north.
The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The 66-year-old male driver was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. No charges are pending.