Identifying Drug Use

I think my neighbor is selling drugs. What should I look for?

  • Excessive traffic
  • Short visits
  • Reoccurring visits from certain individuals or vehicles
  • Out of State vehicles
  • Traffic coming and going at certain times (daily, weekly or monthly)
  • Unsocial able behavior, rarely see a person outside of residence
  • Excessive window or door coverings
  • Unusual late night behavior
  • Never has garbage or trash left out for collection
  • Strong chemical type odors coming from vehicles, garages, sheds or houses

What information should I report?

  • Note license plate numbers and description of vehicles
  • Note the times when traffic may be busiest and how long are they staying
  • Note the frequency of reoccurring vehicle
  • Note descriptions of individuals coming and going (height, weight, hair color, etc.)
  • Note specific information on individuals if you know them (name, address, phone numbers, employer, vehicles, etc.)
  • Any information that may deal with possible drug activity

What are the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine use?

  • Acne and sores
  • Dramatic mood swings and aggressive behavior
  • Elevated body temperatures and increased sweating with unusual body odor
  • Excessive talking and impaired speech
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Loss of appetite and / or weight loss
  • Loss of pleasure and severe depression
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia and alertness
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Teeth discoloration or loss of teeth

What do I look for with methamphetamine use?

  • Cellophane baggies with corners cut off
  • Hollowed out light bulbs and glass tubes (used for smoking)
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Pen tubes
  • Small baggies or containers with rock like or powdery substance
  • Small butane torches (heat source for smoking)
  • Small scales
  • Spoons with burn marks or residue
  • Tinfoil with burn marks

What are some signs of marijuana use?

  • Altered perceptions
  • Dry mouth
  • Euphoria
  • Gain in weight
  • Hunger (munchies)
  • Impaired short-term memory
  • Laughing / giggling
  • Red eyes
  • Reduced concentration or coordination

What evidence do I look for if someone is using marijuana?

  • Cigarette rolling papers (Zigzags)
  • Dried plant material
  • Pipes or bongs (all shapes and sizes)
  • Roach clips (small metal clips)
  • Small round seeds (marijuana seeds)

What can I do if I do suspect someone is using drugs?

Call a Narcotics Investigator. You can call anonymously.

Cass County Drug Task Force

P.O. Box 2665
Fargo, ND 58108-2665
Phone: 701-239-7126

West Fargo Police Department

Attention: Narcotics
800 Fourth Ave. E. 
West Fargo, ND 58078
Phone: 701-433-5500

Cass County Sheriff's Office

Attention: Narcotics
 211 Ninth St. S. 
Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo Police Department

Attention: Narcotics
222 Fourth St. N. 
Fargo, ND 58102