Fruitland Police Chief J.D. Huff wanted to explain what “aggressive law enforcement” means on a practical level when he delivered the monthly police department activity report to the city council during its meeting on Jan. 13.

Huff said he believes one variable that is contributing to the increase of drug-related arrests is the legalization of marijuana in the neighboring city of Ontario, and the subsequent opening of dispensaries.

“My evidence room is jammed to the gills with drugs and paraphernalia,” stated Huff in reference to the influx of arrests and confiscation of related items.

Huff explained that the Fruitland Police Department is stepping up efforts to keep drugs and paraphernalia from becoming more of an issue in town.

Griffin Hewitt is a news reporter at The Argus Observer. He can be reached at (541) 823-4814 or by emailing To comment on this story, go to

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